Alternative careers - Good alternatives to banking?
There've been a couple of posts on this board about good alternatives to banking. Some of you think consulting is better, or law school, or the Special Forces, or what have you.
Well, I want to put my two cents in. If I could go back in time and make all my choices again, I wouldn't be an analyst. I'd be a career criminal. Just think about it.
The benefits of doing time in jail instead of an analyst's cube:
In jail, you get to sleep. A lot. Probably at least double the hours that I get.
You get to read all the books you want. I haven't read a book since I started.
You get to make occasional private phone calls to your family. As for me, I can't remember the last time I talked to my mother without the whole floor being able to hear me.
You get to exercise on a daily basis. Analysts don't. I sure as hell don't.
Your cell is bigger than a cubicle, AND it contains a toilet -- no walking across the whole damn floor every time you need to pee.
You have the right to get laid. They even give you some time and privacy for your conjugal visit. In contrast, it's been forever since I had time to get laid.
You get haircuts in jail. I've been trying to find time to get one since December. My split ends have split ends.
If you're sick in jail, you get healthcare. As an analyst, good luck finding time.
If you get REALLY sick in jail, you get a doctor. As an analyst, you just keep putting it off until you get better on your own or end up in the hospital.
In jail you have the right to bathe and groom yourself every day. As an analyst, those things sometimes have to take a back seat.
Sure, in jail you may not have the freedom to go anywhere. Your social life is over. You may even only see sunlight once or twice a week. Your family and friends may give up on you. You become a social pariah, of course. People look down on you for screwing up your life so badly. And if you ever manage to get a parole, it can be very hard to make the transition back to life on the outside.
Seriously, though, how different is that from banking?