Huge in a relative sense...many people obviously have much bigger problems than this. I'm a year out of university / into the corporate world (investment banking) and made a move a few months ago to a different company (same job function) in a different city than in which I started. I had a very good thing going at my first company but knew very few people in that city (aside from my girlfriend). In the end, I chose what I thought would be a better opportunity (more prestigious company and working in NYC) in a city where I knew people over a girlfriend and a work situation in which I was very comfortable. Long story short, while I'm happy hanging out with my friends, I'm not that happy at work. Part of it is the "change" aspect, I'm sure, but I really enjoyed my last job and the way my new company does things makes the job less enjoyable (more tedious and more needlessly stressful). It also doesn't help that we're not having a very good/busy year so all I'm doing is making pitches with very little actual execution and have been stuck on a side project for months that is not really part of my job description. Unfortunately at this point I already have my eyes set on moving back. If things don't turn around in a year and I start looking for jobs back in the first city, how bad will it look that I'll be two years out of school and already have worked at two different companies? Would it be possible to work for my old company or is that bridge burned (aside from the quitting after 8 months, I left as professionally as possible and on good terms with everyone personally)? In general I just want to move back and would prefer to work at a PE firm or distressed/deep value credit hedge fund (I can't see myself moving to a third bank at this point) since I don't really want to be just an agent anymore...I want a job that involves more analysis and being able to form conclusions and *act* on that analysis. Problem is that my current group in banking sucks for placing into that type of stuff so I'm (perhaps naively) hoping that a premium is put on my NYC experience. Looking for some advice / perspective here as I know many members here have either: a) Worked in finance; b) been through many different jobs / cities.