Landed dream FT - depressed?? what's next?

Seems ironic - it's not

Now that I landed my absolute dream FT - I feel empty and cant motivate myself to sustain my perfect GPA. That seems like such a "luxury" problem - but I feel no drive anymore - I have achieved all what I wanted. I know that the job I will start will require a full lot of new effort and bring on new challenges. However, to get this job was my everything - 3 years of pure dedication I feel that to get it was everything - whats the next challenge?

The on-the-job challenge doesn't challenge me as much as it is within the possible universe, the job challenge really wasn't. I have given myself the IVY-MBA target but that seems far away (at least 4 years on)....

So how can I motivate myself to pursue a perfect GPA - current GPA 3.9? - I don't feel any personal satisfaction from getting perfect grades at the moment - I very much feel that these were just the tool to get the job I wanted.... What is the greatest possible goal I can set myself ? Become an associate under less than 2 years? Drive through South America with a van until my job starts in August? Create a start up next to work? All doesn't seem really appealing...

Are you constantly pursuing a single goal, or did your goals get secondary or became more subtle as you left college? I felt like I constantly followed only that one goal to land the FT... Do you live to the fullest now? Just seems so ironic - I was sure I would "chill" now that I've reached the top of my ambitions...

I am writing this with extreme humility, I am aware of the lucky situation I am in, just wondering what is next as I seemed to have ignored that in the past years...

thanks!

signed
crazy chimp

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Nov 26, 2013

Tyler: My dad never went to college, so it was real important that I go.
Narrator: Sounds familiar.
Tyler: So I graduate, I call him up long distance, I say "Dad, now what?" He says, "Get a job."
Narrator: Same here.
Tyler: Now I'm 25, make my yearly call again. I say Dad, "Now what?" He says, "I don't know, get married."
Narrator: I can't get married, I'm a 30 year old boy.
Tyler: We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need.

Sorry, couldn't help posting this...

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Nov 26, 2013

Might as well finish strong... you never know what could happen between now and then (firm collapses, market goes to hell, etc.)... would be rather frustrating to blow your GPA before you've even set foot in the door and received your two to three years of experience, no?

Nov 26, 2013

Sorry, stopped reading after third paragraph... two things, just relax and enjoy your final year of school (you'll certainly miss it once you are working a ton) and then re-evaluate your goals again early next year... in other words, if landing a FT gig was your "top" ambition, you need to think long and hard about longer-term goals both professionally and personally... there is certainly much more out there than finance

Nov 26, 2013

yeah you could buy a van in Cartagena Colombia and drive all the way to Ushuaia (Patagonia) Argentina, do it

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Nov 26, 2013

I second the south america thing that sounds really cool actually

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Nov 26, 2013

OP, you're #1 goal should be to lose your virginity before you reach 40.

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Nov 26, 2013

This^

Nov 26, 2013

If you really aren't motivated in school, take easy classes and slack for a year, spend the extra time on whatever (soul-searching counts, as does drinking a lot and hitting on everything that moves). Or if you can, graduate a semester early and do whatever you want for a few months.

If you are burned out (and you sound like it), you best thing you can do is fix that before you start work and it burns you out again.

Dec 3, 2013
meabric:

If you really aren't motivated in school, take easy classes and slack for a year, spend the extra time on whatever (soul-searching counts, as does drinking a lot and hitting on everything that moves). Or if you can, graduate a semester early and do whatever you want for a few months.

If you are burned out (and you sound like it), you best thing you can do is fix that before you start work and it burns you out again.

+1

Nov 26, 2013

Take up drinking

Nov 26, 2013

If you've landed a FT position in your dream job, and unless you signed a contract with them that stipulates earning a certain GPA, why in hell would you be motivating yourself to get one? I can think of a million better things to do. Enjoy your last year of college, you'll miss it once it's gone; no matter how much you enjoy your job.

Nov 26, 2013

-1 for humble brag. Did you really need a forum of anonymous Internet posters to tell you to chill the fuck out and enjoy life for a change?

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Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Nov 28, 2013

pff

Nov 29, 2013

I've actually always done better in my final years, high school/ug, simply because I didn't have to worry anymore about grades and actually got to enjoy the material. Take fun/interesting classes, I took a class in my senior years called "War" that was taught by a Vietnam Vet - amazing class about the psychology of soldiers etc. And I can't stress this last one enough: drink more.

Dec 3, 2013
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