As the financial services and consulting industries scale back their college recruitment efforts since the big crisis, it seems an unlikely organization is filling the void: Teach for America . By adopting the recruitment playbook of Wall Street -- that is, laser-focus on target schools and showering elite candidates with personalized attention -- Teach for America is climbing the prestige ladder.
“As Teach for America has been around longer and hired very smart people, it’s gotten even better at how they recruit students, while the financial services industry has slowed down and experienced negative publicity in the media,” Ms. Wilson said. Many regard earning a spot in Teach for America a “badge of success.”
In many ways Teach for America was modeled on the success of top Wall Street firms, which seek to recruit the best and the brightest college graduates. In her 2001 memoir, the program’s founder, Wendy Kopp, wrote that she hoped to both improve the stature of the profession and give the recruitment process a much-needed jolt. In the book, she said she envisioned creating “a teachers corps that would recruit as aggressively as theand firms that were still swarming all over campus.”
The Dealbook article pretty much speaks for itself. Since 2008, TFA recruitment has become twice as competitive and placed 1.5 times more Ivy League grads in American classrooms. In testament to this demographic shift, a Cornell grad, who interned at and ended up at TFA, even boasts that he performs “exhaustive data pulls” using spreadsheets to analyze the patterns on his students’ five-question quizzes.
“T.F.A. is a really strong name,” he said. “It seems as if going to work foror something like that; they hold the same value.”
Personally, I have never met a single person who has forgone a finance job for Teach for America. Is this movement real? Do you monkeys see doing Teach for America for two years -- in lieu of, or prior to the traditional analyst stint -- a viable, if not a prestigious, option?