Why is everyone old?

Anyone else notice how people on the corporate world are all like old af? I'm currently a finance manager at a decent size company and I'm the youngest by like 10 years at least besides a couple of our FAs (I'm in the 24-26 range).  Some of the SFA's are old enough to be my dad, and it just weirds me out.  

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Apr 8, 2021 - 5:26pm

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Currently picturing a firm full of viagra fueled Isaiahs running around poking anything that breathes under 21 years old

range is 18 - 25 son and I don't initiate 

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Apr 8, 2021 - 5:27pm

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Apr 6, 2021 - 12:48pm

- Some people just look older than they actually are, especially in some countries or with certain races where men tend to have pattern hair loss from an early age. Some of my colleagues are 32 and look 47 (When I joined my firm I accidentally called unknown people "sir" and then realized they are only a few years older than me).

- Colleagues may look older or more mature when they dress up /w shirt and tie or a suit jacket. They style their hair a certain way and you'd be shocked how much younger they look with sneakers, a hoodie and more relaxed hair.

Generally speaking, average ages for employees have gone down for us a firm because of certain HR policies.

Apr 6, 2021 - 3:31pm

When I read the title for some reason my mind thought about that YouTube video, "why are you gae?"

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Apr 7, 2021 - 2:09pm

I think you're referring to the fact that Corp Fin doesn't usually have a straightforward promotion track. Given there are also many people content with their current positions, this leads to people being in positions that don't traditionally make sense for their age. For example, I know an analyst (yes, like entry-level analyst position) who recently celebrated her 25-year anniversary at her BB in the CF division. Still kind of shocking to me to this day that someone would be ok remaining an analyst for decades. I would imagine with so much experience, that she is really good at her job but basically puts in the bare minimum to get her salary and the firm is fine with that. 

Apr 9, 2021 - 12:13am

How did you become a Finance Manager so quickly? Comp? Firm Size? Do you manage people?

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Apr 9, 2021 - 2:59pm

I don't think it was "so quickly", I have almost 4 years of experience (path was 1 year FA, almost 2 years SFA, then manager).  Also, my mission was and is always maintaining relationships with higher management and building trust which helped a lot I think, on top of just an eagerness to get involved (call me a brown noser, but I'm stuck working regardless so might as well do what's best for me).  Company size is a few billion in revenue, and I have one analyst reporting to me, comp (counting equity) is only 140ish, but LCOL area so idgaf. 

Finally, one thing I've noticed is a lot of people seem to get easily confused when things scale, but understanding that the general principals of financial management apply regardless of scale helps me when thinking about problems / model building / story telling without getting lost in the weeds.

Apr 9, 2021 - 3:34pm

I am always surprised at the lack of young people and anyone over 50 so I think you're definition of old is too young. 
 

It seems to me that people ages 35-50 run almost the entirety of every corporation and people under 30 are essentially nonexistent in most places. 

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Apr 9, 2021 - 3:46pm

That is a fair assessment.  To add to this, I don't get why more young people don't go into corporate finance.  It's not especially difficult, and the pay isn't bad compared to most fields save medicine / high finance, and even then, the guy two rungs above me is pulling in a stupid amount of money, so it's not like the earning potential isn't there. 

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Apr 12, 2021 - 2:20pm

Did you start in IB or CF before going PE then start-up? Do start-ups tend to have a preference on IB/PE backgrounds over CF for finance roles?

Apr 12, 2021 - 4:49pm

Yeah did 3 years IB (left right after getting A2A), 2.5 years PE. Naturally a lot of startups are tech oriented so biggest hurdle for me was convincing people I was familiar w/ SaaS / tech business models. And I'd say it depends on makeup of the team and what they're looking for - accounting / CF heavy teams tend to not value IB / PE skillset as much I found, or at least that was the perception I got. 

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