Desperately need some advice from European/London people pls
As mentioned in the title, I felt the need to specify wanting help from those in London because since graduating it has hit me how different things are in US compared to here (perhaps a bit naïve on my part).
I graduated with a 1st in Maths from a semi-target in London. Sadly, I was not competitive enough toroles anywhere, and have begun a stint in audit at the big 4. Previously, I wanted to try and use any means necessary to break into a front office role.
However, as I'm maturing, I'm realising that I wouldn't want do a job where I am working 60+ hrs a week/under a crazy amount of stress long term. I would not mind doing this for say a few years in order to get to a place with better pay and hours, but not as a lifestyle if that makes sense.
I saw this exact thread earlier, but all answers were targeted for US readers (F500 corp fin etc). So can anyone working in Europe (especially London), provide me with some insight as to what opportunities there here for someone wishing for a better trajectory than a role as an accountant in industry, but with more sustainable work life balance than 65+hrs a week.
Is work life balance/stress on the buy and sell side always in London as bad/high as I think it is? Is it even possible to break into the types of roles I mention (if they exist) with my background??