I had a major hiccup in my career progression, that is leading me to question if finance is the right industry for me.
I recently got passed over for promotion and in my sit-down today with my boss, I was told that my "people skills" are not adequate to justify a promotion. I feel a bit confused - because I was the only guy on the team who was willing to pull crazy hours when others weren't, and all my reviews have been pretty good (before today). For context, I have always been "academically" strong, though introverted by nature. I had a 4.0 GPA, Top 10 UG, M7 MBA, followed by Fixed Income Research.
Now, I am seriously questioning if my "hard skills" will really get me anywhere in this industry and my introverted nature will just drag me down. I know guys who have done better in their careers, without the same level of hard work but better "marketed themselves".
Would love to hear some honest feedback.