I know that this question has been asked a thousand times, but I'm going to ask it again for my own sanity. Is it possible to make MD without killing yourself in IB?
I have spent 5 years at a tier 2 consulting firm, and I love my job, but I'm headed back to school and the deal making process has always been extremely interesting to me. I work on projects long after someone has set direction, and the idea of working in the deal making process seems appealing as that is where the important decisions are made.
But, I also don't want to go into banking and do a 2-and-out as an associate. I can sustain 8:00am - 10:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00am - 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday (with obvious variability with deliverables due, etc.), but much more than that and I'm afraid that I would wash out pretty quickly.
Can I make partner without going over 80 hours regularly or would I be better off just going back to tier 2 consulting/corporate strategy?