Can you tell me what finance jobs are enjoyable to you? It seems like lots of you are pretty miserable. I see several threads around bad hours and mind-numbing work. I'd love to hear what financial careers you love and why!
Choosing the Most Enjoyable Finance Job
When choosing a career in finance, the most important thing is, to be honest about what it takes for you to be happy. Too many people enter finance with delusions of prestige and money but these elements alone satisfy very few in the long-term. To enjoy any job, you need to be clear on your core talents and interests. For example, if you don't do well in high-stress environments and hate taking risks, you will probably dislike working as a trader. If you don't enjoy working in teams or can't tolerate mind-numbing tasks, you will likely hate working in investment banking.
Finding Most Enjoyable Careers in Finance
Different careers are fun and enjoyable to different people as discussed above. You should consider your personal attributes and work habits to find a finance career that you will enjoy. Below are some questions to consider when deciding what type of career you should pursue in finance.
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
- Do you mind long hours and poor life-work balance?
- Are you easily bored or appreciate routine?
- How important is it that you play a visible role with lots of recognition?
- Where do you want to be in five years? Do you want to work in another finance profession or leave the industry?
- Do you like working in teams or work better alone?
- Do you like taking risks or do you prefer to play it safe?
Choosing Your Ideal Finance Career
After reflecting on your personal values, research different options. There are many resources available to help you determine what would be expected of you and if you'd be a good fit for specific positions.
For example: If you are an extrovert, who does not want to work long hours, who is interested in staying in the finance world while taking risks - working in a career such as sales and trading might be ideal.
Informal interviews and internships are great ways to get an idea of what a job will be like and if it's something that will help you accomplish your long-term goals.
The most important thing when choosing your ideal finance job is to be very clear about what success looks like for you. Finance is an extremely broad field with many interesting career options available to anyone who isn't tied to societal pressures of what success looks like. At the end of the day, you need to feel like you are moving towards your version of success. Only then will you will find your work fulfilling and worthwhile.
List of Fun Finance Careers Instead of Investment Banking
While investment banking is one of the most popular careers discussed on this site, it is often thought of as one of the most brutal careers due to the long hours and often mind-numbing work. This career is often times treated as a stepping stone to careers that are more interesting and "fun". Our users shared their thoughts on such enjoyable finance careers below. Equity research, private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund work were all mentioned by our users.
would say my job in ER is really enjoyable, can't say its the most enjoyable since it's my first job ever straight after finishing MSF. A bit of details about my job, I work as the Head of ER at a boutique firm, working 7 to 5. The only thing I have to do on a daily basis is giving the S&T my stock picks of the day, and standby just in case any clients want to ask me about anything market-related. Other than that its all about surfing on the internet, talking to other analysts in a casual way, lunch with the directors, and well, research on particular companies in my coverage universe, but no pressure on that.
I really enjoy PE, for me, it's the fun of banking (deals, transactions, investing) without so much of the bitchwork. Of course, bitchwork is still there but thinking about companies as an investor is a lot more fun IMO.
I'd throw VC in there too if you don't like modeling but enjoy networking and looking at business ideas.
My Dad is the CIO of a boutique IM firm around here and he loves every second of what he does. The main reason why I even sparked an interest in finance was from seeing him come home every day with a smile on his face. Technically he's the leader of the advisory team, but he still manages the majority of client relations for the firm so he's in NY a lot. Not to mention the salary/bonus is pretty good as well. He could do his entire job from his bedroom besides meeting with clients but goes into the office every day because he loves the environment.
Interestingly, most of the careers exist on the "buyside" of finance vs. the "sell side" of finance. This makes sense to an extent since working on the buyside of finance gives you more freedom and autonomy as you are not controlled by a client. Check out a video below for further explanation.
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