If you get a job in the city, are you saying that all you care about is money?

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A lot of my close friends work in various jobs in the city: IBD, S&T, Hedge Funds, PE etc etc.

If you go to work in a fancy suit, sit behind a desk in London all day, crunching numbers on excel, making powerpoints that might not ever be seen by the rich **** that you're trying to con out of their money...how could anyone find that fulfilling?

My friend told me that his true passion in life is "pirate equity". So I initially like, wow, that sounds good! Then I did some research about it. I read this: http://www.streetofwalls.com/article...ity-associate/

It basically boils down to him going to work, checking his email several times, playing with excel and sending some more emails. Im sorry, but all these people care about is the bottom line.

There is no other reason to work in the city.

But if you accept that, then great. I have respect for them. They know what they want and they're out to get it.
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Not really. I have a job in the "City".. I work in advertising... Problem is people use the term to define what you've described.

If I wanted to go and work in that "City" lifestyle... I would of gone and done it, and probably would of made a lot of money. As you say it's really no fun however. These days it's full of posers wanting to make a quick quid. Good luck to them!
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It says to me you're only good for making money for other people and haven't got the brains to make your own money.
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I agree with you to some extent. A year ago, I wanted to become a lawyer in the city, until I met city lawyers. A lot of them work 16 hour days, every day. They basically sit behind a desk and do paperwork. None of the work is actually of interest or exciting. It's completely dull. I think there is more to life than having a career and so would not find this fulfilling. Plus, the majority of city lawyers I met (and I'm back up by at least one study) are narcissistic, selfish and borderline sociopathic and obsessed with money. They believe they are better than people who earn less money. Personally, I cannot tolerate people with this attitude. I would blow after a day working with them.

But, there are other city jobs out there that doesn't include sitting behind the desk. London is a huge historical place. If you're interested in history then you could certainly have an active career. It's a huge tourist hub, so if you specialise in travel and tourism, you could do something with that. Some of the worlds most successful clothing designers are based in London. Fashion is a very creative, active career. Talking about being creative, London is huge for the art trade, art museums and artists. That definitely does not mean sitting in a office all day checking emails and accounts.
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(Original post by Ahava)
I agree with you to some extent. A year ago, I wanted to become a lawyer in the city, until I met city lawyers. A lot of them work 16 hour days, every day. They basically sit behind a desk and do paperwork. None of the work is actually of interest or exciting. It's completely dull. I think there is more to life than having a career and so would not find this fulfilling. Plus, the majority of city lawyers I met (and I'm back up by at least one study) are narcissistic, selfish and borderline sociopathic and obsessed with money. They believe they are better than people who earn less money. Personally, I cannot tolerate people with this attitude. I would blow after a day working with them.

But, there are other city jobs out there that doesn't include sitting behind the desk. London is a huge historical place. If you're interested in history then you could certainly have an active career. It's a huge tourist hub, so if you specialise in travel and tourism, you could do something with that. Some of the worlds most successful clothing designers are based in London. Fashion is a very creative, active career. Talking about being creative, London is huge for the art trade, art museums and artists. That definitely does not mean sitting in a office all day checking emails and accounts.
Sure but I'm using the term 'the city' to describe the people working in "financial services" exclusively.
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Tbh if I took a job like that it'd be because I like suits and screwing around with excel and powerpoint.
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Not if the job is in Birmingham City.
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Not if the job is in Birmingham City.
'The city' is a 1sqm area of London! As a Boris fangirl you should not desecrate or poke fun at this term!
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'The city' is a 1sqm area of London! As a Boris fangirl you should not desecrate or poke fun at this term!
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Sure but I'm using the term 'the city' to describe the people working in "financial services" exclusively.
Ah okay. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Yes I completely agree with your original statement.
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I could never ever find a job like that fulfilling. I agree with some of the other comments in here whereby I think these people will just go and help others get rich. Some of them will wake up, realise they're lining the pockets of others and go and set up their own business. Some of them won't and then later on in their careers will get disposed of to be replaced by an up and coming graduate willing to take on far less money than an experienced veteran. Only those that are indispensable to a company will survive and those people are few and far between.

I'd much rather live in a country with lower tax rates in a developing part of the world, set up my own business, enjoy the sun, take some risks and enjoy myself. I've trained hard to do a job whereby I'm fortunate I can live a nomadic lifestyle. Working behind a desk day to day, having to commute into the city like a sardine on the tube amongst all sweaty other people, turn up to work and then be taxed to oblivion by a government only intent on putting the middle class through austerity, no thanks, it doesn't appeal to me.

You can either enjoy your life and go to work to fund that great lifestyle or you can make your work become your life. I feel sorry for anyone willing to accept the second option. I'd rather less money with more time for family, enjoying myself, keeping healthy and just generally being less stressed. All I see from loads of my friends who work in the City is constant moaning on social networks, obvious signs of depression as they're playing their part in the rat race and general unhappiness yet they try to convince themselves they're living the dream and earning a great wage in overpriced London. They're only fooling themselves and I actually pity them.

What is the point in loads of money if you haven't got the time to enjoy it because you're being worked into a state of depression?
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