Analyst Who Fears His "Overly Muscular Stature" Won't Work For Wall Street Seeks Advice

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Earlier this week, a young financial services employee posed a question to the universe about a problem vis-à-vis size. He wrote:

I have a serious question for all of you. I am a rather large man (both in stature and in the pants.) I played D1 football as an offensive lineman. I am currently 6'1, 250lbs. However, I am very lean and at around max 10% body fat. I worry that my overly muscular stature will not bode well with company culture. After leaving an interview, I was told that I have a "vice grip" for a handshake (I received and accepted their offer.) Not to sound conceited, but I have honestly never come across anyone even close to the size I am at the office, or even walking around down town. I was being silly before about the penis size comment, but I am an attractive guy and present myself well. I don't look even remotely out of shape or fat (some of the shorter muscular guys can look like that in a dress shirt.)

This a clumsily worded post but I suppose my main question is if anyone has witnessed any type of discrimination towards large, muscular guys at the office. Is this something I should be concerned about? I suppose I could loose 10lbs of muscle or so (I'd truly rather not) if it would help me fit in. Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated.

Whether the above cry for help is real or not doesn't matter, as surely there exist aspiring financial services employees asking themselves the same thing. Should you have any pearls of wisdom to offer on this matter, having a handshake that could crush bone yourself or having coached a colleague through a similar situation in the past, please share them at this time.

[WSO]

Related