What's Austin like for a young guy in finance?Subscribe
I'm currently interviewing with a really strong buy side firm in Austin and wondering what it's like to live there.
I did my SA at a BB and if I went back there it would be in NYC, but I think this buyside firm is probably a better opportunity, I'm just having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of living in Austin after graduation. I've never been there and am just wondering if anyone here can give some insights in what life is like.
The other thing to note is I'm an NYC guy. I grew up in the city, went to college in the Northeast, and have always pictured myself living in NYC after college. All of my family is there, all my high school friends are planning on going back there, and 90% of my college friends are going to end up there. I don't know anyone planning on going to Austin, so a little worried about my social life after college. I've also never even been to Texas- I know people say Austin isn't really like the rest of Texas, but I'm a little nervous about just the culture shock as someone who has never really lived outside of the northeast. Also to add, this firm has a pretty small analyst class, so unlike a BB where I'd automatically have a big group of people to go out with, I don't know if I can really count on building my social life around work colleagues at this place.
NYC is also the night life capital of the world, and I'm worried that Austin isn't going to compare from the perspective of bars, clubs, and dating. I know I could always lateral in a couple years, but best case scenario at this firm I'm interviewing at would probably be analyst -> associate, so I'm looking at 4 years in Austin during some of the best years of my life to go out and have fun, and I'm honestly just worried about missing out on New York in that time.
Is it worth the probably slightly worse career decision to have a way better lifestyle in NYC? Am I being stupid and Austin is awesome? Would be great to hear from anyone who works in finance in Austin- thx!