If I don’t like IB...
I tried really hard for a summer to enjoy my IB SA but I'm just not thrilled by the work (not enthusiastic about the slides or excel I'm putting together or the bigger picture of the deals) and I'm just disappointed that after all my prep and all my interview practice I just didn't enjoy it at all. I think the benefit of virtual internship is that the fun stuff gets stripped away and you're left with the raw work. No office hangout or break room chats or happy hours, just work and calling each other about edits to the deck.
It's hard to feel office camaraderie at 2AM with just the Lync status box red for your team members. I, like many of my classmates, held the job in such high regard but we didn't know what we would actually be doing. I just don't mind the prestige or the money as much as I care about doing something I genuinely like because I desire to be top bucket at something somewhere just probably not possible here. I know long hours of this would be more miserable for me than others. Does this mean PE, HF aren't right for me either? Anybody in this boat and where did you go instead? I'm hoping to find some inspiration for what general direction I should focus my attention next. Thanks for the help guys. The fact that I'm in this job right now is a large part scrolling through WSO and soaking up the stories and experiences of people who post. I'm grateful for the experience I got to have.
(I think I'd be able to stand it if it were Monday to Friday because I see all the inefficiencies that lead to the whole team clocking-in during the weekend. I honestly feel like there's an argument to be made for transforming IB to weekdays only but I know nothing about the industry yet after just one summer and maybe that's just wishful thinking. I'm just not a fan of signing up for active duty and being on call 15/6 (hospital staff are the real heroes doing 24/7))
(I'm reminded of the folks who work in restaurants who carry plates and take orders for nearly as many hours 7 days a week and I just don't know why I can't do it here. Are they passionate about waiting tables, probably not. But they manage and I thought I could manage too. I can't help but think I'm just another entitled POS)
Sorry for the long post just wanted to write out my thoughts and please call me out on my bullshit as appropriate lol