"Tourre, 28 when he wrote the emails, reflects on the strangeness of being so young, yet being in such a critical role with pressures from those above him at the firm to make money. "... I am now considered a "dinosaur" in this business (at my firm the average longevity of an employee is about 2-3 years!!!) people ask me about career advice. I feel like I'm losing my mind and I'm only 28!!! OK, I've decided two more years of work and I'm retiring" As you can see the news reported that GS career lasted only 2-3 years on average. I realize this is a very competitive and harsh career; however 2-3 years sounded very short. Why GS would go through the long hiring and training process only to let them go in 2-3 years. Their HR must set up some harder standard in that case, to find someone really fit. Why would any company train someone for 1-2 years costs a lot of money and let them go in third year???? If this is just an unknown prop firm, I can see that happening because prop firms don't pay traders. Traders are actually pay to get education in most cases, except First NY Securities. 2-3 years career longevity on average.....Somehow I don't see this is true for GS . 5 years sounded more realistic. Any thoughts?