I recently got accepted to a T-10 MBA program that places very strongly into BB and EB IB. Based on my interest in finance, and frankly the pay, right now I'm strongly considering targeting IB as my post-MBA career.
However, my concern and question for others that have gone through the same path, how did you know whether you could handle the IB lifestyle? I'm coming from a tech background, and my weeks generally range from 40-60 hours. Therefore I'm very used to things like being able to cook/eat dinner with my wife and having hobbies during the week. I've always been a hard worker and can picture myself grinding the hours out for the first few years so that I can set myself up for the life I want for my family, but have never experienced the 70+ hour week. So I'm concerned about getting to IB and being completely miserable, and then having missed the opportunity to pursue other options during my MBA (other primary path I am considering is consulting but it doesn't sound like the hours are much better there).
A broader question: post MBA IB associates, how is the quality of your life, and would you make the same career choice if you did it all again? Thank you!