Recently started as an analyst in a M&A boutique after interning here. I find that IB is not what I was hoping for - coming into this industry I was expecting constantly intellectually challenging work, personal growth and amazing learning opportunities. It seems I was quite wrong - between the mind-numbing, high school intellect level work and studying for the level 2, I have nothing else in life.
Coming home alone to an empty bed every night a 2AM, only to be in the office aligning logos the next morning is proving to be quite a sad existence. Nevertheless, I will tough it out. I moved from my country to work here so I have no friends or a girlfriend, and find myself miserable and lonely for most of the time. Granted, the "pls fix" emails and CFA keep me busy and sometimes take my mind off things, but I often find myself wondering what I am doing wrong and why am I feeling like this. Is this how it is supposed to be? Does it ever get better? What do you guys do to combat this? I tried to go out to a few bars to meet a girl or something, but being constantly exhausted, under stress and sad doesn't exactly make me a catch for a random girl in a bar.
I have no problem working 16hr days (even though it's mostly uninteresting work) or spending my entire weekend studying, as long as I would have something to look forward to at some point in the future, which at this point, I don't. I feel like it would be so much easier if I had someone to talk to or spend time with. What should I do? What did you guys do when you felt like this?