Serious question: People who craft their lives around the story of wanting to do non profit work, working at an NGO, etc. only to get into HBS and then go work for KKR... why?

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This. It’s all a game. The people I’ve met who go to hbs or gsb on a social impact story are the same guys working in banking or PE who just go back. It’s hard to look away from millions

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Winners Take All has an interesting, slightly less cynical take on this (despite being a very cynical book): Corporate America is so powerful that it has convinced the world the only way to do good is through the tools of business. People who want to help the poor and save the world are best served by going to business school and working in corporations first, rather than directly through nonprofits and academia.

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I’m def in this boat

Nobody’s going to work at KKR even after HBS without some serious prior finance chops. So to the extent they’re talking about the other stuff, it’s either game or self delusion. Probably more of the latter than you think. Partner of HBS grad, thoroughly unimpressed by what I saw there.

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Both HBS and GSB, but to a lesser extent, have turned their back pretty severely on applicants coming from banking or PE backgrounds especially if you’re not a diversity candidate. Essentially, the applications counselors that used to get every MF PE person into HBS is now telling them they have no shot unless they go do non-profit work or something similar for a year and then apply

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