I'm a high school senior, and am trying to figure out a career path for myself. IB has been on my mind for a long time almost entirely due to comp, but I have always prioritized work/life balance over wealth. My thinking has been work in IB from 22->30s and be stingy all the way through to accumulate a lot of capital to start living "financially independent". Something along the lines of stock market, real estate or starting a business is what I would do with this accumulated capital.
That being said, I am starting to realize that I can accumulate a lot of wealth without having to slave 100 hour weeks, but rather being more conscious of expenses and being diligent with savings/investments. I am very interested in finance (hence my initial desire to pursue IB), so I am wondering what would be a job within finance that has high comp but with more manageable working hours (40-60).seems awesome, but hard to get into without slaving away in my 20s. Is option? Do you guys have any opinions/experiences about taking such a job compared to IB? Will taking a job with less hours/comp still make my goal of financial independence achievable?