As an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs (GS) in New York, I work on a multitude of projects, both financial and strategic, involving real-time issues corporations face today. Most notably, investment banks like Goldman offer advisory services, typically focused on mergers and acquisitions and equity/debt issuances. I'm responsible for creating financial analyses. These analyses help determine potential outcomes from various transactions, which are then used in client presentations.
I expected the long hours and intense projects after I completed a summer internship at Goldman in New York's financial district. However, I wasn't fully prepared for the effect the job would have on my personal life. The typical work week is around 80 to 100 hours, including time on weekends. It's tough to manage such a rigorous schedule in addition to relationships with friends and family. On the other hand, I'm exposed to more corporate executives at companies and senior bankers within Goldman than I anticipated, which is a fair trade-off. It also pays off when something I've worked really hard on makes headlines.