Can't be around people who use, so how common is drug use in IB?

I grew up surrounded by serious drug addicts. As such, I don't touch drugs like a Mormom, but I'm not Mormom.

But also, if people around me were actively snorting/smoking or if I even knew they were under the influence, that would extremely trigger me and I would quit ASAP. The only mind altering substance I can stand people using is coffee/caffeine.

However, maybe it's not as bad as it seems in the movies/shows. This is one of the deciding factors if I should pursue this career path.

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  • Intern in ER
Mar 1, 2021 - 12:11pm

According to his post history, OP is 19 so has probably barely started college, in COVID-times nonetheless. Probably hasn't even been to a party yet. OP is gonna absolutely lose his shit at the first social event he goes to.

  • Intern in IB - CB
Feb 27, 2021 - 5:03pm

You will never see it at the office, ever, if you did then that person is gonna get fired. Unless you're close friends people are secretive about what they do in their free time.

However, honestly I think if you are offended by people drinking alcohol this career might not work for you. People will tell you its okay to not drink and be in banking, and this is probably ok-- I know a Mormon guy at another bank-- but there are going to be so many events you really need to go to that involve alcohol. The team bonding (and networking) at firm-related happy hours is invaluable and there will be plenty of client events at bars etc as you work your way up the ladder. If you can't order a diet coke and then go be as outgoing and social as your drunk coworkers this is going to be tough.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Feb 27, 2021 - 5:47pm

Yes, people will smoke and drink around you. Yes, people drink and discreetly take stimulants in the office. No, people are not snorting lines openly on their desks. 

  • Intern in Consulting
Feb 27, 2021 - 5:58pm

Are you telling me you're gonna say no if I offer you a lowkey bump in the office bathroom? Real friends how many of us sad face

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Feb 27, 2021 - 7:43pm

Open drug use happens only in the movies, but we don't want morons (note that I say morons, not Mormons) in the industry, so better consider another career path

Feb 27, 2021 - 9:30pm

Are you including alcohol as a trigger also? Drug use is more discreet and would be easier for you to turn a blind eye to, but alcohol, I mean, are you planning to never attend any social events? That would be a challenge for your career growth. And nobody is really going to pressure you to have to drink, but people certainly will be drinking around you. So if that's gonna trigger you, that'll be a problem.

Feb 27, 2021 - 11:32pm

You won't see it around the office but people in literally every line of work do drugs, hate to break it to you. Finance might be higher on the curve for sure but literally any office has guys who like to fuck around. Friends in law, medicine, programming, consulting, even fucking government, to name a few.

Dayman?
Feb 28, 2021 - 3:38am

Honestly if this is as much of a trigger you will be in trouble anywhere. Like, literally anywhere.

Even fast food workers will do "hard" drugs. And most jobs that involve a team will have some sort of social situation where alcohol is served. 

Feb 28, 2021 - 5:22pm

Drugs are everywhere in life but people are pretty discrete at banks.  

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