Investment banking is a career only for people who do not want to have a life long partner and/or children. It is for people who only want to work and make money. Agree or disagree?
I don't understand why anyone would make a career out of this if they also wanted a work-life balance. It doesn't make sense to work in this field because you're never going to get that balance, so why even go for it. Why think about it? The way I see it, if you want a lifelong career in IB, PE, VC, etc, even big law, you should take a really good look at yourself, examine yourself and your priorities before taking that big step.
I hear that a lot of families aren't that great because their investment banker mother or father is always at work. That scares the hell out of me. I wouldn't want to do that to my wife and children. Miss birthdays and births for a video call with a client who only wants to make money? Are you kidding me? I know this sounds like I'm bashing the field (apologies to anyone offended), but I'm simply examining myself and trying to figure out if this is really what I want.