First time poster here, so bear with me and try not to rip me apart too bad. So I am doing a in IB at a , however, I realized IB in particular isn't right for me. I love the work, however, the hours absolutely kill me. Pulling 100+ hour weeks, week after week with no real end in sight is absolutely depressing. I have been diagnosed with panic disorder, and have to take meds regularly as well as see a therapist--however, I have not had a chance to refill my prescription for two weeks, nor see my therapist for the past month (today is 4th of July, the only day I have had off thus far, so went to the Duane Reade first chance I had). I generally like the people and the work, but the hours are more than enough to offset that. That being said, I toyed with the idea of quitting, but now I realize I am more than halfway through so that would be ridiculous, and do more harm than good (no matter what kind of mental destruction this is bringing upon me). I realize that IB is not for me--I would like to receive the FT offer so that I can use it to shop around, however, I am certain I would not accept it, regardless of what bank it is from. That being said, I was hoping to go into corporate banking or something at the asset level (real estate finance, structured finance, wholesale banking, project finance, etc.) I attend a target, with a decent GPA but really strong resume otherwise. Can anyone comment on the quality of life differentials I would incur if I went into a "less prestigious" career path? I realize it will be a pay cut, which is fine since I don't need the money really, but I am looking for better hours, maybe something more quantitatively heavy but still in finance. Any thoughts, tips, advice, or general guidance would be much appreciated. If anyone can comment on which banks to look for that fulfill some of these characteristics, regardless of how big/small, and what my chances are of breaking into the industry are, it would be immensely helpful Although I am currently in NYC, but I would rather be in LA. I am willing to stay here though, if LA is too much of a stretch.
Thanks in advance everyone.