I am really debating myself whether IB is a suitable career path for me. I love the idea of working hard, learning 24/7, and using every bit of my neurons to produce high quality works that may help my firm win that lucrative deal. I am a technical guy with solid finance knowledge, some decent excel tricks and programming skills. However, I feel like I don't have the other things that will fit me into the culture of an IB. The following concerns are the blockers that are stopping me from going 100% (even 70%) at current opportunities to break into IB:
- I can have a beer here and there but I am not an experienced drinker. It's embarrassing to admit that I have never been drunk before. While hanging out with friends, I am always that guy who only has a pint of beer or one shot and that's it. It's not that getting drunk is evil. I just don't want to lose control and have a hangover the next day. My friends actually like me for this because I can drive them home later (yay!...). However, I don't think it will really benefit me in terms of getting along with my future IB colleagues who probably like drinking a lot. What's worst? I don't know how to party...
- I can network well at a professional level but I suck when it comes to small talks, buddy talks, and locker-talk type of things. It puts me down sometimes to hang out with friends/alumni who are bankers and most of the things they talk about are expensive suits, Cuban cigars, and girls. I respect these topics of conversation. They are just... not me.
- I am probably the most honest and no-game persons you ever know. I am not skilled at relationship/workplace's politics like most IBankers are. As a result, I am not sure if I will be able to stand the associates or directors at IB who like to give people like me a hard time because they think I'm a joke. It looks like I will be a sheep among wolves.
As sad as it sounds, I hope my concerns are just blown out of proportion by my fragile mind. In the past 2 years, I have tried to work on those 3 things to bring me more in line with the 'standards'. However, I know they don't represent who I truly am. I'm trying to fake it but haven't made it yet. My friends know I'm interested in IB but maybe they are too polite to tell me I'm not a good fit for it.
I know there are many investment bankers and people in the industry on this forum. What do you think about somebody like me? Would you see me as a candidate for being a friend/colleague/chai wallah?