I'm a first-year analyst at a 2nd-tierin quitting right now for the following reasons: I got into this job strictly because of the money, I do not appreciate or enjoy the content, the skillsets that I'm developing is not relevant to my long-term goals, and I do not see myself in VC/PE/ /CD/GE and other traditional exit ops. In fact, my initial goal was to do this for a year to get the bonus and leave.
However, my goals are in a completely different space now that COVID has offered me a chance to reflect deeply about it, and IB and finance are not at all a pre-requisite to this goal. I do not think the bonus and the salary from now until my 1-year tenure outweighs the opportunity cost of developing the core skills needed for my intended industry. If I was going to quit my job after the 1-year mark to start from the ground up anyway, I figured it makes practical sense to quit now.
As for the cons, my basic necessities will be covered with the support of my family during these pandemic conditions, my reputation in the finance world is not important to me as I will not be rejoining the industry, and I am a hard worker and know that I will work ruthlessly to secure the next offer whatever it may be. Overall, this decision makes the most sense to me even after considering the major pitfalls.
I know this is ultimately my decision, but I just wanted to hear from other wholistic perspectives especially from those who have faced the same problem as me and likewise from those who would encourage me to finish my commitment. I want to make sure I'm seeing all angles before making a major life decision.