LevFin to Infrastructure: The Need to Build
All, I have come to this forum in hopes that someone will impart wisdom to me. Here is my story.
COVID-19 fatigue. It's something that's been discussed ad nauseam on WSO. I hated my job in, and chances are, if you're an investment banking analyst, then you probably hate your job right now, too. I hated my job so much that I quit two months ago. I had no job prospects lined up or anything, but I don't regret it. I was simply going insane and tired of being treated like crap.
For weeks, I grappled with the question of what I should do next. Unlike others, who would sacrifice their unborn child for a, private equity never got me excited. Further, I realized my background was not going to cut it in private equity long term (average college grades, midtier levfin group, etc.) Knowing that I did not care about private equity meant that I would not need to go back into LevFin or coverage or M&A. I went back and forth on the idea of joining a more chill bank, doing a more laid-back banking role (e.g. corp. banking), breaking into a F500 job, but there wasn't anything that seemed to get me going. , in general, simply doesn't excite me. And then, I began to think about what did excite me. Roads, energy plants, cell phone towers, airports... infrastructure.
Before I transferred to levfin, I spent some time in IGdealt with electric utilities often. I began to become entranced by the idea of electricity and power. On my evening walks, I would look up and see powerlines, then I would look to the houses next to me lit up with Christmas lights. I got, for lack of a better word, turned on by electricity. Then, I transferred to a levfin group at my bank where I no longer worked with my precious utilities. I worked . When working in TMT, though, the sexy, high-growth software companies didn't get me going. Broadband, on the other hand, got me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. How sick is it that we live in a society where you can have gig speed internet at your home? More so, how disturbing is it that 29% of NYC residents don't have broadband?
I believe over the last year, I have uncovered what excites me. Normal businesses don't excite me. Infrastructure, which provides real value to many people, is what gets me going. An ideal job for me would be working in ainfrastructure fund, or even better, directly working for a solar + wind + battery developer. I always regretted not pursuing engineering in college, and I believe this could be a great path for me.
So... I need advice. Who can lead me to the glorious path of infrastructure? Who is ready to help me out and inspire an eager learner?
I'm ready to grind, and I'm ready to build.