While I know this pandemic has negatively affected many in the banking industry (across multiple sectors and firms) - it does seem that for those fortunate enough to have a job, that the experience may be better overall. The main points behind this belief are below, with the one caveat being that one still has enough deal flow to learn / make the experience worthwhile.
1) The hours are less brutal overall leading to a better mental state
2) With less deals going on, one can focus more fully on certain analyses and deal process items and hopefully get a better learning experience
3) There is less to do outside of work in the current environment so the long hours do not seem as bad because less FOMO
4) Although bonuses may or may not be down drastically based on specific firm and sector (don't worry they will be down); overall, more money is being saved from less $20 lunches, $6 coffees, $100 bar nights, etc.
5) WFH affords the opportunity to spend more time with family and the ability to better utilize downtime
As we progress into a seemingly inevitable phase II country wide shutdown in the coming months, I am interested to hear thoughts on this 'glass half full' view.