Guy uses Craiglist Dating for an Interview. Is the desperation really worth it in the end?

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I agonized briefly over the idea of posting this question on here for fear of sarcastic/ unrelated comments. I'll start with a nice little craigslist ad before I begin my post.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/cas/2584905065.html
If hedgefund managers represent the rising stars on the street's "set", are Investment Bankers those old school players standing on prestigious pillars? When you finally manage to climb that pillar do you discover that the foundation is crumbling?
It seems like almost every prospective monkey has the same freaking story. I've wanted to do IB all my life. I want to work in a BB in NYC. I want to pop bottles with models. Then I'll move on to PE and have a life.

What 2nd grader (who doesn't have a parent in the field) knows what the hell an IB is? Very seriously doubt anyone has wanted to do IB all their life. Does all your life mean the day you googled high paying careers as senior in high school and landed on this? Or was it in that random intro to finance class when the teacher mentioned IB as a career option?

BB this BB that, lovely prestige whores. It would be my assumption that you would matter more in a boutique where the numbers are much smaller. Bottles and models....? Liquor makes you fat; and have you checked the STDs rate lately for Americans? Steadily rising ;) Last time I checked PE was not a 9 to 5.

Just who the hell am I? I'm merely a lowly prospective monkey. I first learned about IB in the eighth grade and start educating myself from there. I come very small rural community in the deep south where if you asked someone if they had invested in stock they would think you were either talking about animals (livestock) or soup (chicken, beef, etc stock).

BB, MM, Boutique....I don't care. Chicago's cool, I love learning about other cultures (Asian, European, w/e).

Does this make me sound desperate and unambitious? Quite the opposite. I took a 1am to 7am job so my body could adjust to IB hours. I started networking with alum and people on Linkedin last year. I'm a sophomore now. I read the Journal more than the typical Christian reads the Bible. I hold a position on the e-board of the investment club, and I'm ambassador for Bloomberg. Even though I'm over 1200 miles away from home at a nontarget, I still believe in myself.

I just want to ask all the bankers out there if they are really happy. From what I've gleaned from this website and conversations with people on LinkedIn, people are either unrealistically "happy" and unwilling to mention a single bad part of their jobs or completely miserable and grinding it out hard for simply cash.

I could live without a husband, kids, a social life, or sleep. I could stay in a work environment where people think that the only reason why I got a job was because I'm "different". But I couldn't live feeling empty inside--like the work I was doing was $h1t or useless. I'm too darn honest to lie to myself too. Money cannot and will not be my primary motivation for anything. So besides cash, do you really have any other purpose for being? Do you really hate or love your job?

Comments (20)

Sep 8, 2011

I can't tell if period, or serious.

Sep 8, 2011

You can't tell if which part is serious?

Sep 8, 2011

Haha, if you want serious responses in the future you may want to avoid posting a craigslist ad where a guy is offering gay sex for an IB interview...

If that craigslist posting is a dead serious one then that is some fcked up sht.

Sep 8, 2011
Virginia Tech 4ever:

Haha, if you want serious responses in the future you may want to avoid posting a craigslist ad where a guy is offering gay sex for an IB interview...

If that craigslist posting is a dead serious one then that is some fcked up sht.

Hey what r u doin up so late

Sep 8, 2011

. I took a 1am to 7am job so my body could adjust to IB hours. I started networking with alum and people on Linkedin last year. I'm a sophomore now. I read the Journal more than the typical Christian reads the Bible. I hold a position on the e-board of the investment club, and I'm ambassador for Bloomberg. Even though I'm over 1200 miles away from home at a nontarget, I still believe in myself.

Lol.

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Sep 8, 2011

Central time.

Sep 8, 2011
Virginia Tech 4ever:

Central time.

me 2!

Sep 8, 2011

Oh yeah. 1am to 7am is campus security (Residential Security Aid on my campus). I went to the career center for help and they told me to come back so I decided to use LinkedIn on my own. When I was growing up, I was taught it's not what you know, but who you know so I work so hard to reach out to people. As I said before I'm from the south so I moved to New York for college (not NYC) and I didn't know a single person. I wasn't even sure how I was getting home once I came here. I am Christian and I read the Journal more than my bible (I'm kind of ashamed of that fact). I'm an ambassador for the Bloomberg Assessment Test. If I didn't believe in myself, I would not be suffering through over 100 inches of snow. I would just go back home to my south and go to a CC which is what a lot of my family is trying to get me to do. I have a good number that actually want me to drop out of college b/c they don't see the point. (Very, very rural area.) :/

Sep 8, 2011

i want to learn more about your adventures

maybe you can pm me your aim/skype or phone number <3

XOXOXOXOXO

Sep 8, 2011

nm

Sep 8, 2011

haha virgina that wasn't meant for you why did you just give me your cell number and skype

lololololol

Sep 8, 2011
lonelybankerchick:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/cas/2584905065.html

He moved to the city and now he's gay.

Sep 8, 2011

To answer your question, this job is slowly starting to make me hate myself. All substance in life is quicly erroding. But it's whateve's, I could not be working and hating myself for not. So most days I'm just like, fuck it, who cares what I think or feel about shit. Everyone's "feelings" are just opions anyway, no one gives a shit. Quit crying and figure something out, it'll either happen or it won't. Not much you can do about it. #nihilism4life

Sep 8, 2011
Stringer Bell:

To answer your question, this job is slowly starting to make me hate myself. All substance in life is quicly erroding. But it's whateve's, I could not be working and hating myself for not. So most days I'm just like, fuck it, who cares what I think or feel about shit. Everyone's "feelings" are just opions anyway, no one gives a shit. Quit crying and figure something out, it'll either happen or it won't. Not much you can do about it. #nihilism4life

Dude, hit your md up for prozac or something. that shit was depressing.

Sep 8, 2011

@StringerBell Nihilism = Free your mind and your ass will follow.

Sep 8, 2011

Damn, I read "1AM to 7AM job" and I was thinking you were a stripper... now that would be some good preparation for IB

Sep 8, 2011

OP , how come you seem to be so interested in the advertisement?
LMAO

Also every sector you are going to find the good, the bad and the ugly kind of people. Can you name even 1 sector which only has good people?

Also you sound like one of those self enlightened person. Do you have sun (or whatever it is called) behind your head like lord buddha?

Sep 8, 2011
islandbanker:

Damn, I read "1AM to 7AM job" and I was thinking you were a stripper... now that would be some good preparation for IB

How exactly would this prepare me for IB? Seems like the stripper would be the one running the show. You work your ass off and then they just pretty much suck you dry (no pun intended) by looking pretty. Pretty sure in IB the perception of power is merely perceived to exist by those outside the system looking in. Unless you're at MD level.

financialmanagement786:

OP , how come you seem to be so interested in the advertisement?
LMAO

Also every sector you are going to find the good, the bad and the ugly kind of people. Can you name even 1 sector which only has good people?

Also you sound like one of those self enlightened person. Do you have sun (or whatever it is called) behind your head like lord buddha?

Well this post was part rant. One of my friends posted it on Facebook. I found the ad "interesting" because the guy in the post wanted to be the stereotypical banker. BB in NYC. I always thought I was obsessed with IB, but apparently my obsession pales in comparison to others. I don't understand how money could be the [b]only[/b] factor for someone in a job like this.

Self enlightened? I'm working on it. LOL I avoid the burning intensity of the sun. Now the moon on the other hand....it borrows light from the sun and controls the tides of the earth. So think of Buddha with a moon.

Sep 8, 2011

On a serious note OP , do some internships (even if it is unpaid) in the sector to figure out if you really like the game of finance or not. See it with your own eyes. Dont let other peoples experience dictate your thought process.

Working in finance sector is like a game either you like it or you dont.

Sep 11, 2011
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