Originally Posted by warmpi
You know, I hear this kind of sentiment a lot -- be it investment banking, lawyering, policing etc. What profession would you recommend for you son?
I want my son to be happy. As long as he works hard at it, it doesn't matter to me what he does. My son is quite artistic and I'd like to maybe see him try advertising / marketing.
In general I believe that people should work hard in life at something they enjoy and avoid the direct pursuit of money and power. Those are the benefits to doing something you enjoy and being good at it. From experience I have found that the price you pay in this industry with your physical health, sanity, mental health and lack of family life / friends is too high a price just to accrue a small fortune that you can't enjoy until you're too old anyways. In 26 years I've missed 12 days of work. In my late 30's I had a heart attack while at work and was in the hospital for 10 days. The other two days were my honeymoon. This job is a lifestyle, there isn't an off switch when you head home and hang up your hat, I have lived this job 7 days a week for 26 years.
Originally Posted by ZhiMingBuFanDe
I just got my hours for my internship, and I'm going to be clocking 77+ hours a week. Is this normal, for interns, and when you become a full time analyst?
An easy week is 80 hours. You can go over 100 hours per week when things are busy (at your level). The hours never get better
. The office hours do, but you're overall involvement with the job increases. The longer you stick around the more risk you are responsible for and the more people expect from you. It's very simple; I don't see it as a job anymore. It's a lifestyle 24/7/365.