How can you take it?

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I've found finance to be completely unbearable.

The pay and career development is excellent but the level of work, expectations, and lack of control over your life is not worth any amount of pay.

Senior employees have no guts or real business skills, or they would have gotten the hell out years ago. What you have is plenty of bushy tailed and bright-eyed high achievers thrown into the field, and those with any sense get out after 2 years. Those that remain for promotion are those who have transformed themselves into the ultimate bitch boys for the MD's, terrified of any wrong move. Any person with an once of self-respect will be in and out.

The ideal state for a finance professional is being in constant terror, afraid that you've made a mistake, afraid that your superior will bitch at you, afraid of taking a risk.

I have excellent exit opportunities into private equity, but would never even given it a consideration. It's just another hellhole. This is my last stop.

My worry is that this is what its like elsewhere. All other jobs as you move up, the bar raises and so do the expectations until you're filled with nothing but fear, worry, and expectations of perfection. Is this all there is to the work life?

Am I the only sane one, that doesn't want to live a life of chronic anxiety?

EDIT:
Some are giving the "look on the brightside" argument, which I think is fair. I acknowledge that I have it better than most from a monetary standpoint, but that's not saying very much. If you look around, people across the country generally have it pretty bad. My parents worked their whole lives at a menial job, and in the first year I make more than both of them combined. From my point of view, I don't have it good, they just had it very bad. That is 95% of the US Population.

And when you look up the ladder that you're on, you see that you're superiors don't have it much better. They've slaved their way up and spent well until their 40's become reasonably rich, but sacrificed a good 15-20 years of their life (including the last remaining years of their parents lives), beautiful friendships, and the courage to explore living a life how they'd like to live it. To me, these are the things that matter in life, and if I look around at others, this is an area where I am severely deficient, despite having all the money that a 23 y/o could need. I don't find that money / development compensates me for all the love, comradarie, and community that I missing out.

I will say that the development you receive in finance, is second to none, and is one of the reasons I've stayed so far. But when I start looking at what I'm trading, one-year of freedom to live my truest life for one torturous year of development and great pay, the trade stops looking so favorable to me, the more years that I've got to give up. The scarier thing is, that after working for several years, the pay keeps getting better. It becomes harder, and takes more courage to reject the money and say that this is not the life I want to live at all.

Some people - most of my seniors - never try the other path. They didn't have the courage in the second or third year to leave, and the environment they live in is one of submission. They are trained and rewarded to submit. The courage that they had to leave in their second and third years will be the most courage they have for the rest of their lives. The rest of it will be managed out of them, until all they can do it deliver what someone else asks of them.

I asked if I am the only one that feels this way because I look at my superiors and see mountains of men with enormous talent, all squandered on something that is meaningless. They don't have the courage to leave, it has left them long ago. I wish that it returned.

I ask this question because I don't think this is the way life is supposed to be lived. Not for me, and not for anyone. There's something fundamentally wrong with the way we live that requires a complete rethink. We're optimizing for dollars and productivity and its destroying all of our lives.

And to create what?

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Comments (58)

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Dec 17, 2018

Yes - increasing expectations and being accountable for your product / service as you progress in your career is pretty much a hallmark of capitalism. Regardless of industry.

If you're afraid of that, Walmart always needs greeters.

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Dec 17, 2018

Assuming you're in your first two/three years of IB, I think you're in a pretty natural / understandable place. You're going through what's a pretty rough part of your career, and some of what you say, while perhaps a bit jaded / influenced by being a junior at what is likely a large financial institution, isn't entirely wrong. There are people that fit the description you mentioned.

I would disagree with your comment about people having no guts or real business skills at the senior level. As to the guts piece, most of the senior guys you work for have probably ridden out some tough times in a pretty volatile industry and passed up on fairly cushy job opportunities, not all of them have just stayed for fear of taking a paycut. It's also easy to criticize someone's perceived lack of appetite for risk when you're young (no wife, kids, aging partents to support). I'd say it likely took some guts to ride out the financial crisis as a mid-senior level banker with a family to support.

I'd also disagree with the "no real business skills" for senior bankers. I've worked with some guys I didn't respect, but I also worked with a lot of bankers on the sell side who were incredibly smart and capable, and would function well in other business environments outside of advisory. On the buyside, experience can differ, but I feel like after several years here, my skill set has massively expanded on the ops side of things. That goes for the guys I work for, several of whom have had to step in and take short term senior/operating roles at portcos. You can learn a ton.

And I'd say it's pretty similar in industry as well, or in entrepreneurship. The hardest workers generally reap the greatest rewards (of course there are plenty of exceptions). Go read the essay from the WSJ this weekend about the rise and fall of GE - it focuses heavily on the execs personal experiences. Business is a grind. Sure oyu can have some cush jobs out there, but once you start getting to serious money, no one is going to pay you $250k a year to sit on your ass (until you're 60+ after a successful career and get to take awesome advisory roles). Certainly no one is going to pay you $1mm a year to just hang out.

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Dec 26, 2018
saconsult3:

I'd say it likely took some guts to ride out the financial crisis as a mid-senior level banker with a family to support.

Coming in late to this, but... what? What you are describing is the opposite of guts. Sticking with your great-paying job during a crisis is, well, not gutless, but certainly not brave or courageous.

Striking out on your own in 2009 would have taken guts. Continuing to take your six figure salary and maybe not get a bonus takes no spine at all. And to the OPs point... what exactly do former mid-level bankers do? Not much except continue to climb that ladder...

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Jan 8, 2019

I think you're approaching this from the wrong angle. Being an Associate/VP in the recession and seeing half of your peers get laid off, which actually pretty much happened, and deciding to keep your eggs in the banking basket instead of looking for a more stable exit opp definitely took guts...

What if you jump too late and no one is hiring, you get fired next and end up unemployed for months with mouths to feed, etc, etc. - Not to mention how taxing it would be to working banking hours, and do your job well, with no assurance you'll be needed after the next quarter.

Dec 17, 2018
donnyboy101:

Am I the only sane one, that doesn't want to live a life of chronic anxiety?

Luckily no, but this mentality puts us in the 1% of WSO.

Being a legit slave to your job is a pretty empty feeling. Not to mention, the money really isn't even that great if you live in NYC...

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Dec 18, 2018

It is hard to say; non-profits are quite appealing to me for sure, but the crushingly low pay is an issue. That is what has directed me here, and away from historical research and museums.

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Dec 19, 2018

^^THIS^^

I so relate. I interviewed at an auction house once, where the job would involve research the auction pieces and writing the descriptions/history/provenance of the piece in the auction brochure. I got the opportunity to hold [whilst wearing archival gloves] a letter written by Queen Isabella of Spain.

I would have been surrounded by actual history all day, a helluva dream job, but the salary was truly abysmal. Perhaps when I start my semi-retirement in 5-7 years, I may revisit this sort of research and writing position, as I'll have other monies coming in.

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Dec 19, 2018

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What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Dec 22, 2018

I had similar feeling as OP, and flipped the switch to move to FAANG sales.

Now in Corp Start there; making about 70% of IB M&A money doing work I love, with people I like and lots of autonomy.

Protected evenings past 6 and free weekends + holidays as well.

If you want to talk about this OP, send me a dm.

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Dec 22, 2018

What's up with all of the softy posts nowadays from kids that are 22/23, blubbering about their terrible lives making multiples of the median annual salary straight out of college while developing a strong rolodex and useful business skills?

And before some smart ass comes out accusing me of being a hardo, check thyself - investment banking isn't rocket science and it's not really all that grueling for those naturally inclined towards working hard. Contrary to the griping I see on WSO all the time as of late, it's not impossible to get a day off, or work from home when needed if you have the esteem of your peers.

There are so many people in the world who will work harder, less rewarding jobs than banking for their entire lives who would love to be white collar professionals, and they will never get the chance because of the way our world works.

Maybe instead of whimpering ad nauseum on the internet about how abused you are, you should put your money where your mouth is and march into your MD's office/resign? If not, I suggest you shut the fuck up about it and embrace the opportunity you've got rather than pining for the others you've forgone. Nobody likes a whiner.

Jesus Christ, someone should've given you guys less trophies in little league.

Dec 22, 2018

+1, plenty of people out there working multiple minimum wage jobs just to pay the bills. When put into perspective, banking is really not all that bad.

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Dec 22, 2018

I'm sick of it, and you can always tell which of the analysts are going home and making these silly posts on WSO. It's like they think the pinnacle of challenge in life is graduating from private
high school, going to a great college, and maintaining their GPA while literally learning all day - and that after getting their analyst offer, it's time for blowjobs and bottles of dom all day long.

There's masses of people living in depression because their life consists of meaningless drudgery all day long behind the counter at the pizza joint, behind the handlebars of a delivery bike, in the fulfillment center at Amazon - living silent lives of desperation and wishing they could break out, but being unable to because of the need to eat day to day.

What they wouldn't give to be well educated and gainfully employed - for the challenges they face at the office to be rewarded with a bonus (even a "measly" one of several tens of thousands of dollars) rather than with declining pension benefits and an eventual pink slip from the private equity fund that acquired the factory they used to work at.

Dec 22, 2018

This is so spot on. One of the main problems is that so many kids get into finance for all the wrong reasons. People that literally have no interest in the field at all.

The ones that go on and on about capitalism, its lack of "social utility," the ones that openly ridicule financial theory, liken markets to casinos, etc. These are the same kids that end up making posts like this when they finally break in.

Well duh genius, you're not going to love a profession that you dont respect, find no use for and dont really understand (or even bother to try to). They dont make it very far past their analyst stint, if they even make it through that.

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Jan 10, 2019

I am curious about this concept of kids getting into finance for the wrong reasons. Why does this happen? Is it because their parents work in finance?

I can understand that for early career selection because it's similar to my story - I grew up overseas and everyone's dads were either in oil & gas, the military, or were diplomats. I was good at math and didn't have any better ideas, so I followed my dad's footsteps and became a petroleum engineer. By the time I was 25, I knew I needed to do something with more business impact, rather than being a technical cog in the machine with little ability to affect the course of the company. So I started my MBA, switched from engineering to strategic planning at the same company. and post-MBA found myself in my dream job on the buy side of oil & gas. I had no idea that this sort of job would be my dream job (for most of my life finance was not on the radar). I had no idea at 23 what I really wanted to do with my life and didn't find much meaning in my work, but I was good at it and I sure as hell was grateful to be making six figures working 40 hour weeks.

The point of my story is this (@donnyboy101): It's fine to start your career in a job you don't love, especially if you are making good money. Use it to learn new skills and learn what you like/don't like. And ultimately, do something you are both interested in and good at. And don't obsess over exit opportunities and "the path" you think you're supposed to follow (finance seems to be rife with this mentality, as if the career is a prescribed set of events that everyone is entitled to and that culminates with making 500k or seven figures by age 30).

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Dec 22, 2018

This.

When I was in PE I helped out one of our portfolio companies and tried doing some operational work. The corporate grind of 9-5 somehow made me even more tired and bored than anything I've done in banking or PE. It was horrible with constant politics, gossip, and office minutia.

The happiest guy at that company came from being a waiter and when I complained to him as a naive 24 year old he told me he was just happy to sit and not be on his feet carrying pounds of dirty food for 10 hours straight.

It's all perspective.

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Dec 23, 2018

I don't think it's fair to just say suck it up because others have it worse. There are always people who have it worse. Even the people you described at a pizza joint or on a delivery bike have it 10x better than say kids who are forced to become child soldiers in west africa. So they should never complain too. And the child soldiers have it better than those that are dying of malaria or some such.

OP has already said that this is his last stop in finance, so sounds like he is already putting his money where his mouth is. I think he's allowed to make a post that asks if any others feel the same way as him.

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Dec 23, 2018

OP's allowed to do whatever they want. And what I said is nowhere close to "if you don't have it worse than every other working Joe on planet Earth, then don't complain".

OP's not just"asking if others feel the same way as him". They're indulging themselves in a stupid little diatribe that flings verbal excrement at those in this industry who actually enjoy what they do. They're also essentially crying about whether they'll ever be able to make big boy money without enduring big boy problems. The audacity of calling their presumably higher-bucketed colleagues "bitch boys" while airing this gripe is audacious and unreflective in the extreme.

Let's be clear: (1) complaining is a soft and unbecoming move for anyone, absent the truly abused, and (2) getting paid a ridiculous sum of money and experience relative to your talents, and all that's asked in return is you put in your hours at a junior level does not qualify as abuse. It's not like OP is manacled to their desk - they're free to leave whenever they summon the stones for it.

I grow tired of these posts griping about how tough it is being offered a spot as an analyst at the top echelon of the financial industry in a country/world where finance is the crown jewel among the industries. It's not tough at all, by comparison to the alternatives, and crying a river over it demonstrates a stunning lack of awareness about the facts of life and your luck in it.

Furthermore, this is a site for current and aspiring finance professionals. It seems that every other day we get a post from some 23 year old softy trying to evangelize to us about how blinkered and slavish we are for not yearning to go West to the promised land of low six fig salaries and account executive titles at a tech company.

Look, if leaving at 6:00PM (3:00PM on Fridays), never scheduling a conference call past 4:00, and having beer on tap 24/7 at your WeWork office-cum-millennial daycare is your jam, by all means go forth and live your best life. Enjoy ransacking the global population's personal data for zero cost like all nascent commodity industries do with their resource of choice - though, be prepared to start actually working for those dollars again once the gravy train comes crashing back to Earth.

But if you're going to fill one of the coveted seats in the ivory tower with your uninspired ass, at least don't make us all listen to you whine about it. Sack up ffs.

Dec 23, 2018

Have you ever considered starting a blog? I, and am sure other people, would love to see more quality content like this.

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Dec 24, 2018

+1, I'd follow

Dec 25, 2018

What do you think about what the OP wrote in the edit? I think the last two paragraphs clarifies that he is not just complaining for the sake of complaining, but rather asking about what is the point and purpose of all this.

Jan 10, 2019

If that's the real question that he's asking, then he's already answered it. The work itself doesn't interest him, it's just the prestige.

If you take a high-paying, high-profile, high-responsibility job in finance and you're not in it for the right reasons, you will burn the fuck out.

OP never once mentioned anything about the work itself being personally interesting to him. It's just prestige, hours, workload, and anxiety.

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THIS JOB, THEN DON'T DO IT. There's no gun to your head, and hundreds of hungry people who do willing to take your seat.

Dec 23, 2018

Brilliant post - life could be so much worse.

RIP LEHMAN
RIP MONACOMONKEY
RIP THEACCOUNTING MAJOR

Jan 7, 2019

^^^ This perspective. It's refreshing AF to see on this site.

Dec 23, 2018

As an analyst it's easy to be myopic and get really down on everything. I will be coming back to this post when I feel like that to help get me out of that headspace.
Excellent post

Dec 25, 2018

this mentality is why high fun-nance will always be trash and full of stupid hardos. yes it's a privileged position to be in to be making bank for contributing literally nothing to society but it's not wrong to be dissatisfied. if you're openly complaining at work that's one thing, but on a forum sharing thoughts that every half-sane finance professional more than 6 months out of college has had shouldn't be looked down upon

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Dec 30, 2018

People do not appreciate a desk job until you've carried 70+ lbs of equipment going through narrow holes onto a military ship, then climb back upwards with the very same equipment after a grueling 10-12+ hour shift of hard, back-breaking labor.

Banking is not some cruel position, either. It teaches you how money works and how the business world operates. These skills are all transferable to other corporations, institutions.

@Fugue - I worked at the Amazon facilities for awhile. It is hard, fast-paced labor filled with constant lifting at the worse hours. All these people ever dream about is getting a desk job, or a full time job where they are not working 2-3 jobs to make ends meet.

No one is forcing anyone to be here, as this goes for everyone on WSO as well. Either quit to pursue some BS passion or go make that bread and butter, the world doesn't care.

No pain no game.

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Jan 3, 2019

Who is John Galt?

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Jan 10, 2019

I just got back on WSO after a long time... I can't believe this is what posts have come to. Is this like a high level shitpost or trolling? Or is the OP serious?

Think that life in finance sucks? Trying working a minimum wage job. Try working a minimum wage job in a 3rd world country.

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Dec 22, 2018

So what are you planning on doing when you leave?

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Dec 23, 2018

@donnyboy101 Yes donny, you're the only sane human in the industry. Oh please, won't you come down off Mount Sinai with your tablets of wisdom and shed a ray of light into the benighted lives of the little bitch boys so eagerly rowing the oar you're all shackled to? Not very Christian of you to hoard your knowledge in the season of giving.

In particular, I'm sure your senior managers (the ones with no guts or real business skills) would love to hear the wisdom flowing from your babe-ish mouth. They should promote you to partner immediately so you can right their sinking ship.

Here's my advice to you - recognize that you are in fact the little bitch boy, and your words reek of it. Understand that people generally don't get paid six figure salaries by their firms (and by extension, their clients) over the long-term for "not getting worried" about the outcome of the projects they're structuring and executing. You sound like you have a trust fund, and like you've never really been afraid of anything of consequence in your life. Maybe you're just not cut out to hack it in the world of suits and ties, and that's okay.

Now, go get a shrink to write you a prescription for some xans and pop a couple when you start getting anxious that your Gen Z safe space feels a little infringed upon by mean old boss man. Then, get back to turning those CIM comments!

Dec 23, 2018

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Dec 23, 2018

Overall, I'm enjoying the posts by @Fugue and agree with his thoughts. But I also think that maybe @donnyboy101 maybe just lacks a little seasoning in the real world.

I think OP should take the advice being given, show some stones, and resign. Then take some of your savings and travel to a series of third world countries. You do have savings, don't you? Something that most Americans can't claim because they don't make anywhere near the salary you do.

I'm not talking about doing some yoga retreat in a "sanitized for your protection" resort in Thailand. Travel to some nations where there's real poverty and suffering and open your eyes to how the world lives and then reflect on how you are not special, you simply won the genetic lottery. Maybe you'll come back from that and beg for your job in finance again, maybe you won't. But it might just help change your perspective on so much complaining.

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Dec 23, 2018

Solid advice from @GoingToBeAnMD (though recognize you may never find your way back into the industy - probably can after pounding on enough doors, though).

You're absolutely right that @donnyboy101 just needs some seasoning. I'm not here to hold myself up as someone that's never been a little bitch, as I certainly have. I'm just offering some tough love for donny as well as all the others on this board who may feel they are not up to the challenge, but very well may be after all.

Dec 23, 2018

I like the cut of your jib.

Way too much complaining from the snowflakes.

Jan 8, 2019

sounds like i hit a nerve

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Jan 8, 2019
donnyboy101:

sounds like i hit a nerve

No one cares. Just take the advice you're being given, son.

Dec 24, 2018

Lmao - Congrats pal, you've learned early. Get out while you can. What you feel now will only get stronger

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

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Jan 8, 2019

Where are these smart, sensible people going when they leave, what are they doing? Isn't all corporate life like this? Serious question.

Dec 24, 2018
donnyboy101:

I've found finance to be completely unbearable.

The pay and career development is excellent but the level of work, expectations, and lack of control over your life is not worth any amount of pay.

I don't know what more you were expecting from a job after 1-2 years in the industry. If the level of work in IB is not satisfactory to your standards I dare you to try a "normal" job in other parts of the service industry.

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Dec 24, 2018

@donnyboy101

Hi there,

1) You are 23 years old. Too early to panic about being in the wrong place but a GREAT time to look at who you are and what you want to do.
2) Take the Highlands Aptitude Battery. You will get reliable information about what you are good at.
3) Consider doing 360 Reach to get anonymous feedback on how people see you versus how you view yourself.
4) Consider getting a career coach
5) Without #2 you may be shooting in the dark

If you have natural, innate abilities that will make you really good at IB or the ability to learn the needed technical skills quickly - think about staying for a while. If you have the ability to excel even though it is not fun, you will go up the scale and will likely become more bearable or even interesting. Then you can keep your costs low, save up some $ and move on to the next thing when you would like with some $ in your pocket.

If you find out that you should definitely be doing something else because your natural baked in talents will not make you a really good investment banker, figure what you would like to do -- and be really good at -- and do it.

Doing something you enjoy, if it is in business or is monetizable wil mean you will earn what you need or more. A friend of mind just met a guy who produces doll houses and makes furniture for them and sells his stuff globally. He sells a 1 inch doll house desk for $50,000. Some of the furniture he makes are made from gold. Wealthy people in China, the Middle East, northern Europe and elsewhere buy his stuff. I have friend who left business development at a big global company. She spent a lot of time reacquainting herself with the piano. That looked like a real waste of time. Then she started a jewelry company and is making beautiful stuff, some of which is worn by stars in Hollywood. Jonathan Adler was a ceramics major in college and graduated with no clue. Eventually he started an eponymous pottery and home goods retail store chain. I'm sure he is worth millions.

So to recap, you are 23 years old. Keep your job for just a little longer. Use the time and money to get a really solid sense of who you are, what you are interested in, AND what you are innately good at as well as the skills you have learned. Take some long walks or whatever you need to do to marinate on whatever you find out. Then decide to stay or go. And make a plan for whichever you choose. You are 23 so the following may seen alien to you but it is true: 30 years goes by in a flash. Use your time well.

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Dec 27, 2018

Happy 2019!!!

Jan 8, 2019

How much does the HAB cost?

"I did it for me...I liked it...I was good at it. And I was really... I was alive."

Dec 24, 2018

Separately, when I see some of the responses posted here and how harsh they are, I can see why finance is not so much fun. I started out in investment banking. Many of the people were myotic and harsh.

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Dec 24, 2018
donnyboy101:

The ideal state for a finance professional is being in constant terror, afraid that you've made a mistake, afraid that your superior will bitch at you, afraid of taking a risk.

Am I the only sane one, that doesn't want to live a life of** chronic anxiety**?

No OP, it sounds like you are the one that's living in chronic anxiety and afraid of taking risks. Some of use are not terrified of our bosses, or freak out when we get angry emails. Some of us have developed the self confidence and tact to challenge our bosses when required and know when to push back.

The true tier 1 alphas and leaders in finance TAKE risk and are not afraid or living lives of chronic anxiety. Sure the miserable and incompetent ones are - but they are not the ones that matter. Do you think David Tepper or Warren Buffet would write something like you just wrote? Hell, Ray Dalio got fired from his first job for punching his manager over a disagreement.

For better or worse, high finance is pure competition. NO ONE will sit down and simply let you rise to the top. It's an all out war to the top and some are fired up by that, some refuse to play by the rules and start their own shops to rise to the top, some are content not being at the top and making decent wages, and some are so jaded they simply leave all together. But the landscape will not change when the money and fees are so high.

Sounds like you need to stop being so neurotic and worrying so much in life. Chill out. Don't be afraid to piss your boss off sometimes.

If you truly hate finance, then simply quit and find another job. You will have lots of great opportunities to try.

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Dec 25, 2018

lol this is pure comedy. talking about taking risk in finance, good one. finance is the best career path for risk adverse bros who wanna max out paychecks with taking the least risk. the days of tier 1 alpha dawgs and high fees were like what the 90s/2000s? those days are gone and will never come back.

and yeah nobody is going to let you rise to the top but what industry will? o hai, here's a partner position at McK for showing up! lol this post is such nonsense. doing well in finance has nothing to do with being alpha, it has everything to do being able to take shit and holding your own/being opportunistic

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Dec 25, 2018

You don't that is why most people leave the industry.

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Jan 8, 2019

To do what? Where are these smart, sensible people going, what are they doing? Isn't all corporate life like this? Serious question.

Dec 25, 2018

Some great advice on here about life and finance. I've found that the early years are the toughest but it really gets easier as you begin to get in more of a strategic position. Being in the weeds as an analyst sucks in the moment but actually isnt that "terrible" when you look back on it if thats any help.

Jan 6, 2019

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Jan 7, 2019

The argument that senior bankers are untalented "or they would have gotten out years ago" is one I hear often but really strikes me as unfounded and quite silly. There are very few jobs where guys in their late 30s and 40s make > $1m / year, and for higher performers $1.5-$3.5m and the highest performers $3.5-$10m / year. As an employee, not an owner or c level executive. How are senior bankers getting comp'd at that level idiots?

Jan 7, 2019

not experienced in IB in anyway but why not consider graduate school. It might give you an opportunity to step back and gain a skill. All after some reasonable consideration of places/opportunities you might be open to besides Banking. If you attend an institution with a reasonable reputation (you totally could with no sweat) it would open you up to all kinds of opportunities, expand your network and give you a refreshed perspective on your current state.

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Jan 7, 2019

The higher you go, the more interesting the job becomes and you also make a lot more money. However, you have to grind to get there. There are many people who enjoy the grind and get as much as they can out of it. Others find it mindless bullshit and move onto other things. They often find there is a bunch of mindless bullshit in any job.

Keep the long-term goal in mind and the grind becomes much easier. Many young people have the inability to separate the short-term from the long-term and their myopic view hinders their ability to advance meaningfully.

Don't hop off the gravy train too early.

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Jan 8, 2019

Hi thanks for your post. I'm curious what high paying job/role/function/industry doesn't fit OP's description. Serious question.

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Jan 9, 2019
metternich34:

Hi thanks for your post. I'm curious what high paying job/role/function/industry doesn't fit OP's description. Serious question.

What about the description are you wondering about?

Jan 9, 2019

Practically the whole thing. Gutless managers, fear of making mistakes, minutaie, overall feeling of meaninglessness, long hours/lack of control over your life (other than analyst-level crap that everyone knows sucks). I thought this was "Welcome to the club called Life, we meet at the bar"?

In particular, OP says a sentiment I hear a LOT: "Anyone smart/sensible gets out." To do what? What corporate job isn't like this? Where are these smart and sensible people who "wise up and leave finance" going and what are they doing? (With a paycheck, not tree hugging).

Thanks again for your reply, I see your posts on this site, thanks for all you contribute.

Jan 8, 2019
Jan 8, 2019
Jan 10, 2019