What Do You Do In Your Free Time ?

It's all in the title. Do you have time to go out with your gf or friends ? Go away for the weekend or are you too tired to do anything ?

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 29, 2021 - 11:26pm

I'm more curious of how much free time analysts actually get as an incoming FT

  • Analyst 3+ in CorpStrat
May 30, 2021 - 2:10am

When I was in IB in-person I usually had at least Saturday off. However, with WFH I rarely had any free time and almost all of it was used to catch up on sleep. However, I now spend my newly found free time with my fiancé (we love going out and trying new foods, exploring zoos, and literature), family and working on some side projects (fiancé has a youtube channel, I publish books and research). I don't consider exercise a use of free time because it's something you should do if you have the time, and I'm not a competitve bodybuilder or anything so it's not like I have to dedicate 40+ hours a week to inhaling chicken breast or anything so it generally doesn't get in the way of any other aspects of my life in terms of the time commitment.

May 30, 2021 - 6:25am

Hi, can you please give some more details/Advice on how you made the move to Corporate Strategy from IB? From my understanding, CS takes ex-consultants and Corporate development is where Ex-IB people end up going. I'm interested in the sort of path you took, so would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

  • Analyst 3+ in CorpStrat
Jun 1, 2021 - 4:10pm

Sorry for the late reply, my current role is a mix of traditional corp dev and strategy. My coworkers come from a mix of backgrounds, including MBB, T2 consulting, and both BB and MM IB. I discuss the move a bit more in-depth here if you're interested in learning more.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 30, 2021 - 2:35am

IB analysts love to stretch their hours and make it seem like they work so hard and their life is so hard.

As an actual IB analyst, the job has waves, yes there are weeks where you will be up till 1-3am everyday and work weekends, but that's not the norm. There also are weeks where you might end work at like 7pm or 5pm, or where you will get actually 0 accomplished during the day.

I would say good rule of thumb would be expecting Monday-Thursday to work 9am-11:30pm. For Fridays, banks are starting to try to make an effort to allow analysts to have Friday's off, so expect a majority of Friday's to be done by 6:30pm, knowing that you likely will work a few Friday's. Saturday is the same where I think most places, a majority of saturdays you won't work, but you will work maybe every 4th Saturday averaged out (even at places with protected saturdays). Sunday's are like a school night, where you more likely than not will be able to do some 2 hour errand, but the rest of the day you will work. 

To answer the hobby question, really your free time is Friday's 6:30pm-1am, all Saturday, and 2 hours Sunday, in addition to random days where you might unexpectedly work less than normal. This is pretty limiting and makes creating any sort of regular group based hobby very difficult/ Rec sport leagues, game nights, trivia, etc. is all pretty impossible I think with this job. You just don't have enough control of your schedule/ life to commit to anything. I personally choose to lift weights, run, and get drinks with friends when I can, I can't do any as much as I'd like, but it helps deal with the job.

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May 30, 2021 - 4:34pm

Cycle, poker, art, fitness, muay thai

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

May 30, 2021 - 6:26pm

When I was in the Santa Monica office, would hit some early morning surf, lay out at the beach, or do some beach runs/bike rides. Miss that spot and out here in the MidWest now.

Hoping to have some beach time here in Chicago this summer, and also finally had my clubs shipped here so need to get some range time. Otherwise was able to get my hands on a PS5, so been getting through my backlog game library, spending time at the dog park with the pup, and cooking. 

Jun 4, 2021 - 1:21pm

How early would you surf? I've wanted to learn but not made the time for it

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Jun 4, 2021 - 2:13pm

Malta

How early would you surf? I've wanted to learn but not made the time for it

Going at sunrise is legit. It's glassy at dawn sometimes.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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