Anyone else just want out of this shit?
Came from an extreme non-target that had virtually no representation in IB (think: less than 5 people). Getting a FT offer was one of the greatest feelings knowing how much effort went into it after what seemed like years of networking, grinding, interviews, and constantly getting beat outstage by some MD's kid's best friend's cousin's brother who share an alma mater.
Now a 2nd year IB analyst in NYC and have been wanting out of the finance field entirely. It seems that the garbage culture and awful personalities have been fueled and magnified to the nth degree in the WFH era. I had always been the type to delay gratification, "put in my time, grind it out, etc. etc.", but it's gotten to a point where I'm asking myself what the fuck I'm doing with my life, and I know I can't be the only one.
I constantly debate whether the proverbial "exit ops" that are touted on this forum are even worth the stress and mental degradation you put yourself through. Even once you're at the holy land of PE//whatever else you want to swing your dick at, there's never an off switch to the shitty culture and personalities you deal with. I see friends that work in comp sci, real estate, CPG-based companies making a decent amount of money, and see them having a fucking blast with their work-life balance, their happy hour events, company get-togethers, etc. and it just reminds me how fucking tapped finance culture is in general.
Can't help but wonder what would happen if the collective talent in IB / PE / HF decided to flip finance the bird and join different industries, make a splash and climb the ranks at an accelerated rate. Anyone else having the same thoughts or am I on an island on this one?
Also, to the insecure hardo 3rd year associates that will chime in with "WeLl qUiT iF yOu dOn'T lIkE tHe cUlTuRe / yOu kNoW wHaT yOu sIgNeD uP fOr / sOmEoNe wIlL gLaDlY tAkE yOuR sPoT". You're part of the fucking problem