Isolated from the Outside World?

There's so much happening outside, and a bunch of my friends are posting and doing activism, etc. towards the George Floyd. Meanwhile, I've been cranking at 110+ hours this past week, generating CIP slides, running through diligence questions, etc. I haven't even gotten the chance to think about this situation outside of a few news articles and flipping through Insta/Twitter. I feel this is another part of our job that no one really talks about about-- the lack of engagement with the outside world. Know posting a black square or whatever doesn't really change things at the end of the day, but I feel like this job is stopping me from interacting with the community and really living through history. Any one else feel this way?

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 3, 2020 - 5:49pm

Taking at minimum 10 minutes out of your day to reflect on what's happening won't kill you. Even with 100+ hour weeks.

Jun 3, 2020 - 6:15pm

No, but with these hours and the general pressure you do not think about taking a break to engage with the rest of the world.

Whatever non-work time you have end up being spent on making sure non-work admin tasks are being taken care of, maybe go to the gym once or twice if you're disciplined, etc. Simply managing to read the news becomes challenging.

Jun 3, 2020 - 7:16pm

Totally feel that. I have only been working 70hr weeks over past 3 weeks or so (which not complaining against your 100+), and I've found it a struggle to really even find time to think on it. When I do have free time, I'd much rather decompress watching Netflix or shooting with shit with friends than read & talk with them about a crappy situation packaged in the already crappy COVID situation.

Just do you, don't feel pressured to engage because of some social proof bias. If you do really want to engage, then do so. Up to you.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jun 3, 2020 - 7:18pm

To be fair, you're not missing anything as it relates to the BLM movement. Maybe if you're lucky you can look outside your window and see some protestors get shot.

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  • Analyst 1 in CB
Jun 3, 2020 - 8:25pm

Maybe be grateful. You were given the opportunity to not have an immediately emotional opinion about this.

Many people who did react to this immediately were faced with the question:
"If a black man was killed by the police, should I then go destroy the livelihood of an elderly black woman by looting her store?"
and many, in the heat of the moment, figured out "YES".

Be glad that you weren't one of them.

Jun 3, 2020 - 10:39pm

Everyone is feeling so bad but what can you do? If you really feel for it, then go out and protest. You signed up for a banking job knowing this is what would happen. If you don't like it, totally fine to leave as a 2nd year and pursue something with omore WLB

Will update my computer soon and leave Incognito so I will disappear forever. How did I achieve Neanderthal by trolling? Some people are after me so need to close account for safety.
Jun 4, 2020 - 2:00pm

You haven't posted a black square? Does that mean you don't think black lives matter? You are worse than Hitler.

Now go outside and kneel in front of the first poc you find. That will sort out the world's problems. Check your privilege.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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