Hate banking, don't know what to do.
Apologies in advance for the rant/woe is me, but I'm looking for some advice from hopefully someone who has been in a similar situation.
First year analyst here. I hate my job and I'm very miserable. I definitely did banking for all the wrong reasons (I thought "prestige" and money would make me happy) and am very much regretting it. While I'm currently in the process of networking and learning about different roles, I'm starting to think none of the common exit ops are appealing.
I realized this due to the reasons I hate my current job. Yeah the hours are brutal, but the real reasons I dislike my job are because I'm just not interested in the work. I hate modeling, I hate making slides, Ireports, I hate looking at CIMs, etc. Basically I'm just not that interested in finance.
In terms of the exit ops, I know for a fact I wouldn't make it in/public markets. I just don't have that mindset and I'm not interested in that type of work. PE seems like banking 2.0. I don't like performing due diligence, I don't like deep diving into different industries, and I don't like doing valuation/modeling work. The only part that seems somewhat interesting is the hands on/operational improvement work. Private credit seems like PE-lite, so doubt I would enjoy that. I thought about corporate dev, but I don't think there is a single company/industry that I could see myself spending all of my time/focusing on. That is one of the things I appreciate about banking- I can work with a new company/industry after a deal/pitch is over.
I'm worried that I won't enjoy my next role and I don't want my resume to show me jumping ship from company to company after only working there for a year or two. So I really want to make sure my next role is something that I am truly passionate about.
Really looking for advice from someone who was in similar shoes and what they ended up doing. To be honest, I don't think I can make it two years in banking and would like to quit sooner rather than later. However, I want to make sure I am thinking clearly about this and I make the right decision.