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Do people still get hung up on prestige? Went to a no name school (not even in the top 100), made it into consulting, made it to the third round at McKinsey, and have an interview w/ a VC fund.

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There are many roads that lead to success, far too many. The safest one with the least roadblocks come with Ivy League/ top school education and good grades when you kick start your career. They give you entry points to limitless opportunities. It's the "safe track". That doesn't negate those that aren't much into books but can sell them selves and learn quickly. It's a game of odds, it's how you want to roll the dice

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OP Funny, your opening comment is just wrong headed. Prestigious schools have vetted students and recruiting takes time. Firms focus where the odds of good candidates is higher. The bragging about almost successes and your place at a 2nd tier firm is unbecoming. Let go of that chip and fully drop your victim complex. Every comment has the bragging undertone of someone with impostor syndrome. HOWEVER, the advice in your replies is spot on. Lack of prestigious school does not prevent success, having a prestigious school gets your foot in the door, but competence and hard work wins.

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My advice: become an expert of a particular domain, leverage coursera/Udemy, push yourself through case studies, and network your ass off. Although it has been a chip on my shoulder and at times I feel at a disadvantage because I have to try harder to prove myself, in the end there's no substitute for your sheer willpower and determination

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Taking classes online is so boring tho

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Cost of a MBA ~150-200k Cost of emailing a partner at a fund and scheduling coffee / introducing yourself and your skill set and project experience ~10 dollars for the coffee for both.

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Aren't you hung up on how high you can go? And how do you define "high"? Based on what's popular with other people? Seems like you are trying to prove something to everybody, and why would anybody care?

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You sound like a self starter with balls. Love it. Shouldn't be at the D.

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OP you sound so conceited, assuming every kid who went to an ivy league school was born with a silver spoon. I busted my ass to get there, paid my own way through, and have as much grit as you do. Don't judge people randomly, everyone is dealing with shit.

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D1. Im a woman. Same story as OP #Grit

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You’re so cool bro

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Nice job OP !

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A1, it's not the most exciting thing but if you manage to learn more than the kid with the Ivy League education and become a master at marketing yourself, there's no limit to what you can do

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People aren't hung up on it, but being a part of elite circles is def a plus in business Working hard and becoming an expert in your domain can / will absolutely bridge the gap once you are able to bust that door open I heard from an IB friend recently that their best analyst went to Virginia Tech, which is far from a target school. He had to bust his ass to get an interview compared to his Ivy League peers.

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If you aren't hung up on prestige why go to mck?

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Ok, how did this become a sexist / male things again?

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Congrats on almost getting those cool jobs OP, let us know when you actually accomplish something

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#chiponyourshoulder

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Lol at talking about how prestige doesn't matter while bragging about how prestigious your jobs are

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That being said, it's always an uphill battle but at some point people just have to stop feeling sorry for themselves and cut those sunk costs. Can't go back and change where you did your undergrad right? It's almost a game for me to see how 'high' i can go before I hop on that T20 bandwagon

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P2 you are such a buzzkill

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