When you're in college, everyone acts like as soon as you land an IB offer you'll be happy.
As soon as you hit the IB desk, everyone acts like as soon as you get that PE offers you'll be happy.
As soon as you hit PE, you've got 2 years to figure out MBA or lateral to an LMM or corp dev position and you can be happy.
If you stay the golden course and go to Harvard/Stanford/Wharton, mostly you end up right back in PE or IB in roles you had sought to leave to pursue some unmet satisfaction. From there, most in PE can't really climb to the top and get stuck in the middle somewhere.
I see this dynamic across wall street in which they always convince you that happiness awaits you just one more rung up the ladder, but to me, it seems like it never gets there. I'm about to graduate from undergrad and start in IB, and I'd like to be the one making my career decisions for myself and not be pressured to race up this ladder of emptiness.
So my question is - who is happy and satisfied with your current position? How did you get there? What about the role makes it a good place to stay and be content?