Looking back 10 years ago, when I first started inwork, I'd be pretty impressed with myself and where I got to. Despite the most garbage education possible, I managed to land in management at an F500 company, running corporate debt and investments worth billions.
My salary is solid now, with all-in comp exceeding my ambitions for myself at 40+, let alone 35. I probably make much more than most of thehere. But I've increasingly felt over the past few years that I'm in the wrong game, that finance isn't the answer for my long term life satisfaction. I've switched jobs twice in the past three years. I did a stint in a very academically focused, for the public good, sort of role. Hated it. While the people were smarter the pace was so slow. Then I took a much higher profile gig at this top firm. It's starting to really grind on me. The corporate drama. The incompetent people everywhere. It's insanity. My life increasing feels like Office Space. So I want out. I don't want to go to work to execute the plans of lesser minds. I don't want to sit here on the weekend worrying about my book or my liquidity. It's not my money. I honestly just want to tune it all off. It takes away from where my focus should be, on my family and my health. I see the people ahead of me in the org chart and I despise how they've sold themselves out to the corporate vision and sacrifice so much for a heartless entity that wouldn't hesitate for half a second to punt their asses to the curb. It's disgusting.
At this point, I'm not sure where I will go, other than it's going to be out of the business. This is my resolution if you will. Thankfully, we are a solid two-income house, and we live far under our means… We can survive off one income indefinitely with no lifestyle impact. So we have flexibility. But I do still like making serious coin, so at some point (sooner, not later), I'd like to build back up to this level of income. It will be hard to walk away after investing 10 years in this career path, but the thought of sitting in that office for the rest of my life plugging away for a mindless corporation of brain-dead syncophants is far more disturbing. Maybe I make another switch to another firm, try working for maybe a small outfit or start up… As a last test of my interest in staying with finance. Or maybe I do like others have joked about here for years: become a plumber. Who knows. But the resolution remains, something needs to give. I start working towards a new direction today. It's not so much the subject matter of finance that turns me off… I'm still deeply interested in markets and I'll continue to invest and research for my own book. But the work environment in your typical corporate finance group, and even worse, what I see from bankers, is just not my cup of tea anymore.
Anyone else sick of the grind in this field? Sick of the corporate drama? Anyone try to bail out and come back? How do career switchers shake the golden handcuffs?