Is there anyone in IB at the analyst or associate level who wants to do this for life? I just can’t get why someone would subject themselves to so much torture and then have all this money but no friends or family or relationships to spend it on when you’re single and alone and depressed by 30/40?

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I could see it, potentially. The pay at junior levels is better than most PE shops now, and the lifestyle as an A2A for me is arguably much better than many of my friends at megafunds / UMM shops. When its good its having lots of downtime, leaving work at 9/10 pm on average, being on industry-defining, interesting deals, being intellectually challenged enough to wake up in the morning excited to work. When its bad its obviously terrible hours, harsh on physical/mental health, difficult on relationships. It just depends on how often its good vs. bad. For what its worth its gotten more good than bad at the associate level and if it keeps getting better, could see myself toughing it out.

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