‘You’ve written this tell all book about your career and about how little you like banking. Does this mean you don’t miss it? Does it mean you are never going back?’, a friend asked me after I had published my book.
I guess they are valid questions and something I had pondered all along. Did I really want to go back? – Not really. Would I be closing the doors to this industry by writing this book? – Sure, possibly. Would I find other alternatives or things to do? – Of course. I trusted my judgment, but more importantly backed my experience, knowledge and skills to help me get another role. I mean, I had ‘left’ banking three times… and as they say, third time’s the charm. I was/am not expecting to go back into the industry anymore.
As for missing it – well, of course I do. I was in the industry for a good 13 years. It was an important (and all-consuming) part of my life. I wouldn’t have survived in the industry that long, if at least some part of me didn’t enjoy or like what I did. And more importantly, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t miss it.
In my book, I talk about the thrill of the deal, the chance to travel the world, meeting interesting people and learning new skills… all of these things kept me ticking. They made me want to wake up in the morning and take on the next challenge (for a period of time)… and so, it would be dishonest of me to say that having stepped away from it all suddenly I don’t miss it. Would I go back or trade it in… well, that’s a hell no!