If not this, what else?
Recently there have been a lot of people attacking or defending investment banking. I currently side slightly with the ones who dislike investment banking, though as a Junior in college I have never had the job myself.
But I think it's wrong to complain about something if you can't provide an alternative. What are college kids like me supposed to work towards if IB is not the answer?seems kind of interesting but career progression is slow and the pay is significantly lower. Consulting is great but super hard to get into. Tech is something completely outside what I'm doing right now. And is PE that much different from IB in terms of hours and comp?
To me, IB might be the best option short term, but long term I want a very good work-life balance. I'm lucky to know what I want in my future: a New England-style house with a nice family where I am very involved in my family's life, something very similar to the life I was born into. I don't expect a perfect adulthood, but I need to work towards something like that to be satisfied with myself. Right now it seems like banking is not the place to be when I want to have that life, but its a stepping stone I can use to get there.
My question is, what are we supposed to do if i-banking isn't the solution?