I've been out of college for 1 year at Amazon as a software development engineer in Seattle. While the pay is great and stress is low (95k base + 45k bonus + 30k stock per year), I don't really like working at a software company (I don't really relate to anyone), don't see myself continuing my path as a software engineer at tech companies (what do I do? become a manager? you don't do anything interesting. keep being a software engineer? eventually you get phased out by younger kids). I don't really like building applications all day (anyone can do my job honestly) and I am very interested in finance and would like to apply for an MFE. However, I realize that this means up giving up a lot of money upfront (I make 170k total comp first year out of college in a low cost of living city compared to NYC) and taking on a lot more stress in my first finance job. Do you guys think this is worth it? I live a perfectly happy life making more money than i'll ever need already and don't ever spend more than 60 hr/wk at work (avg 45-50). I also have no desire to move to NYC and would like to stay in the west coast (seattle, portland, san francisco, los angeles).