Have worked past 3 years at a buy side HY credit shop. Great role out of school with solid WL balance but proven difficult to transition into some strategic finance roles without banking experience. Have come across a small bank in NYC, spoken to the entire team (all incredibly nice), and seems to provide great access to founders (deals <$100mm) but the banking hours worry me. What parts am I overlooking? Can you truly find a way to move to the city with a banking job and still enjoy your life?

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What are your hours like now? How interested are you in the work you’d do in IB or are you just going for the resume stamp? Is the end goal to work in strategic finance / FP&A?

Yes on NYC, at least that’s the less volatile variable in this equation (moving and job search). From talking to this firm, it sounds as if “busy nights” are closing laptops at midnight, hard to reach people on Saturdays unless it’s a fire drill, people will be reachable on Sunday but no expectations to be logged in unless you like clearing some stuff off your plate before Monday. As for the work, that’s one thing I’m also worried about. My current work requires a lot of thought and I have a fair amount of responsibility for a first job (presenting investing ideas). Is this just going to be formatting 101 or do you feel as if there’s a real chance to learn about business models and strategy?

“I want experience with [x] so I want to do banking,” is like saying “I want to get in shape so I’m going to prison.”

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