Are the average number of hours worked in the Accounting and Finance fields higher than other fields?
I have a friend who has been studying graduate-level accounting and is preparing to begin his career proper. His college workload has been absurdly enormous throughout all of college, and he's had distressingly terrible school/life balance for years. He believes that things will be similar with his work/life balance once he obtains a job in that field. He expects that the norm will be to work massive overtime as a default, and that busy seasons will be even worse. He has adopted a sort of fatalism, resigning himself to a life of misery that will be ongoing until retirement.
What advice can I give my friend? Are his fears unfounded, or at least exaggerated? What can he do to avoid finding positions with heavy hours, and find a how much harder is that in his field?