Many venture capital and private equity professionals—typically associates and analysts, but sometimes managers—work more than 50 hours a week. Associates frequently travel to meet with representatives of potential portfolio companies and investment banks and attend trade events, industry conferences, and networking events. This career can be extremely stressful because associates face constant pressure to generate a steady flow of new investment prospects. Associates often work on nights and weekends to meet with business contacts or catch up on office work that they were unable to complete during regular office hours as a result of being out in the field working on deals.
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