Any financial analysts on /biz/ want to share what it's like? It sounds like a decent job, but I hear that a good portion of them work very long hours, and honestly if that's the case, I'd rather work in a less well-paying career like market research if it means a 40ish hour work week. Anyone in the field and working a normal week? Working over? What are other similar jobs that maybe pay less but have more standard schedules?
I do financial analysis for the state. I work ~40, but really only like 10 on a busy week. The work is boring but the free time is very valuable. Currently training myself for more advanced work. Comfy, but I want to advance and do things that actually use my brain.
> financial analyst for the state
Stopped reading there
I get paid less but the benefits are incomparable to private sector...except crazy google tier benefits. I've my own office, a nice computer, and right now I'm learning programming.
The upside is that it's low-stress and the downside is that it's low-stress. I have to seek out learning opportunities and sometimes my motivation tanks...which leads to less-valuable experience. I'm in the US. I've thought about going to private industry and there are plenty of opportunities to do so...literally hundreds of available positions. Advancement happens by default; whether I learn anything, the years spent in somehow justify senior positions and management but uh...I'm already capable of that. The biggest downside for me is that I really need to use my creativity to solve problems and I don't really do that. I small collection of rote procedures compose almost all of my job duties.
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If you don't want to sell your 20's for 60-80 hour weeks don't work in finance. Any of the big companies (JP, Goldman, Deutsche, HSBC etc.) will have their graduates pumping out 70 hours a week for the first few years before you make associate.
The quality and progression potential of the job you land is inversely proportional to the amount of free time you'll have. Work will be your life, whether you like it or not. I remember one of the associates telling me a few years ago about a time he was so swamped at work he literally got a taxi back to his house, left the meter running so he could shower and hopped back in with a thermos full of coffee.
Source: I work as a front end IB for JP Morgan.
If I could go back, I'd honestly just do an electronic/electrical engineering degree. They take plenty of talented engineers in finance if you can woo them at the interview stage and if you're tired you can easily make the switch.
how's the pay, though? how long to make into more advanced positions? i dont mind working 80 hours a week, as long as im a billionaire by 70s or 80s. are you thinking about self employing?