Finance and consulting continue to be very popular career paths for Harvard graduates, but according to the Crimson's survey of graduating seniors these fields are still well below their pre-crisis peak in terms of appeal:
It's just one survey of one college campus, but this is a good stand-in for the general state of post-crash finance.
Things really are different, and the people who say nothing has changed are simply wrong. But they're not all that different. It's how we've managed to simultaneously get a financial services industry that feels persecuted, and a general population that feels like Wall Street still rules the roost.