Are your 20s wasted in banking?
If you’re a student at university today and you want to get into banking, it’s time to apply. Most banks opened their analyst application processes weeks ago. Some are closing them again in the weeks to come.
But should 20-somethings really be preparing to prostrate themselves before banks’ recruitment professionals? Does it make sense to spend the ‘best years of your life’ (in theory) working 16 hour days? Or are you better off opting for something more sedate, like the Big Four, or industry – both of which might, possibly, afford you the option of moving into banking later on?
We asked a selection of ‘mature’ finance professionals and ex-finance professionals to reflect retrospectively on the hard work they put into their finance careers during their 20s.