I'm curious why you guys went into investment banking (or why you want to) and how many of you guys actually enjoy your jobs? It seems like so many people going into banking (especially at the analyst level) end up hating their work and the lifestyle that comes with it. I know investment banking is a highly competitive industry that many people are attracted to, in part because of the money and prestige.
Part of me thinks this said attraction is part of what feeds into people not liking their job once they fully appreciate all that it entails (the hours, lack of free time, time consuming and tedious tasks, etc.). In other words, it seems to me that most of the people I have encountered that "end up hating it" are those that maybe chose this career because of the money, prestige of working on deals, etc. instead of because they genuinely enjoyaspects of the job. Maybe they chose it because most of their friends were doing it or their parents did it--I don't know.
To give you some context, I come from a very small non-target school (probably about as non-target as it gets) in the south where most people (even most finance majors) don't even really know what investment banking is. "Doing IB" isn't something common for people at my school to do, given that most people don't even know what the hell that means.
The reason I'm going into banking is because I genuinely enjoy corporate finance, economics, learning about new companies, etc. I actually think all that stuff is interesting, and enjoy learning about it. I interned at a top MM bank this summer and actually enjoyed doing so. Yes, there are obviously some shitty parts of the job (like any other) but I found the work to be interesting and each day to bring a new challenge.
I bring up this conversation because I'm starting as an analyst this summer and I'm curious to hear what you all think about your experiences in IB, and how your perception/enjoyment of what you guys do has changed over your career? Why did you go into banking? What did you enjoy the most/least?
Any thoughts or insight you guys would like to share would be much appreciated. Thanks.