Paths After Investment Banking (and Why Bankers Leave) finance career path

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Investment banking is an incredibly popular career for people coming out of school. But most people really just use IB as a platform to break into other fields. Out of my entire investment banking class, only one person is still at that firm five years later!

The vast majority of people stay in finance on the buyside. 2/3 of people go to private equity right after investment banking. However, as time goes on, more and more people are leaving finance to pursue great careers in politics, sports, entrepreneurship and more.

0:00 – Intro
1:17 – Why do people leave investment banking?
2:50 – Investment banking paths (using my class as an example)

Peak Frameworks is a business career prep service started by Matt Ting and Patrick Fong, who have each spent several years working in investment banking and private equity in New York and Silicon Valley. Matt and Patrick met at Evercore, a top tier investment bank, and over the years have tutored and coached dozens of candidates to land their dream business job.

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Evan Hawksley 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Matt- Great content. Thanks.

DK 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

How much do buy side firms pay at senior levels?

Nida Shaikh 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Thanks for the video bro..I was searching and finally got good and honest content..just a suggestion if you can..I am in IB,and want to leave because of long work hours as I love my family…kindly assist me seeking more ways to get into sound job that value my IB experience..

SHEDOشيدو 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Thank you

Suhas Kishore 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Can you get into investment banking with a degree in computer science?

Ali Khan 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

can you go into P.E or hedge funds if you go into ib first post mba?

the45 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

I think that there should be a caveat: because Evercore is so prestigious, many people are able to exit into hedge funds. But ouside of a few firms, this is not the case. Therefore, that 25% would be more like 10% at most firms.

Tinto Cherian 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

How much do people who've worked less than 2 years in ibanking really understand about the industry? In that limited time, there's no way that an analyst will get exposure to every type of deal or fully comprehend how the entire ecosystem fits together. Or is it just that we as viewers are wrongly assuming that ex analysts think they know as much as someone who spent a decade or more in banking? Would you say there are many things you only figured out or realized after your analyst stint?

Hv Tarun 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

@PeakFrameworks What did you major in grad school before getting into investment banking or private equity???

Luca G 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Could you make a video on how to break into IB from the very start like just after high school or secondary school

Sacred Aces 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Hey! Loving these videos Matt, as a finance aspirant these are extremely helpful and insightful, thank you for the effort. So I wanted to ask you, assuming a situation:
My school is a target for Investment Banking but a non-target for MBB consulting. But I want to break into consulting. If I recruit for banking, will a shift to consulting a year or two down the line be possible/realistic? MBB specifically.
Please let me know what you think! Thanks a ton in advance.

4everLarose 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Why did you leave?

Jack Wilmer 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Love your content, could you do a video on top masters programs for breaking into PE? MS in Finance? MS in Quantitative Financial Engineering?

Spenny 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

2 years of YouTube

Dan X 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

anyone go into venture capital?

Noah Farrell 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

so if u dont get good jobs not going to a top 10 school whats the point of going to business school?

LeverUp 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

How long did it take for you to get jaded from IB? For me it was 10 calendar days

Tomy Duong 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Hi Matt – very informative video. Thanks for the content! What roles in politics have your peers moved to?

Mikhail 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

When people leave for “sports” does that mean sports management or agencies? Do you personally know anyone that has done that?

Satyam Singh 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Please make on how to get into job ib

C K 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Feasibility to move from ER to PE? Would you say the best bet is to break into IB and then PE? Only worry is I'll be too old for IB (assuming Analyst 1 entry). Currently in 2nd year of ER out of school

G 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Here's a suggestion for an interesting topic: what do investment banking analysts really do? That is, how is time distributed between things such as turning comments on pitch decks, spreading comps, realigning logos etc.

Keep up the great work Matt!

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OMGz1122 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

how rare is it for people who have loyalty as a trait and stay with a IB firm because they have made friends there.

Salinna 08/03/2022 - 7:02 Chiều

Great video! What's your view on private credit at MF out of undergrad? Would that places someone at a disadvantage comparing to banking (exit opps, career trajectory, earning potentials)? Would it be possible to recruit for banking later on if decided to switch to sell side? Appreciate your response!


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