Do you really need to burn the midnight oil?

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Popular perception suggests that in order to get ahead in financial services, you need to work like a dog. 15-hour days are the norm, and you should think nothing of sacrificing your evenings and weekends for the benefit of your career. But, is it really necessary?

Such toil may be expected of rank and file staff, but those further up the ladder have the luxury of being the masters of their own time. John Duffield, city veteran and founder of New Star Asset Management for example, is well known for working a four day week and not starting until 11am.

Meanwhile Andrew Hall - he of the $100m bonus - apparently maintains an eccentric lifestyle, which involves regular early exits to row "or to practice calisthenics with a ballet teacher".

So, is the slog really necessary? Do you covet the badge of honour that is turning the office lights off? Or can you make the big time and still maintain some semblance of a life? Your thoughts please...

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