"Give me guys that are poor, smart, and hungry and no feelings." - Gordon Gekko
Since the dawn of man, rules had been set to measure one's worth; in the prehistoric era it was one's strength that dictated whether he was to be a badass hunter or a wussy gatherer, in the Renaissance times, it was your proximity to the King that measured your capacity, and in the 60's to 80's Wall Street, it was the scrappiest, most capable Tarzans who had a ticket to the jungle. -regardless of background.
Now fast forward to present day Wall Street, one criteria for admission lords above all: your school.
Several application threads have popped up recently, discussing this or that since recruiting season is under way, but few were worse than this old thread of HR idiocy I found yesterday.
I distinctly remember the blonde that the first guy was talking about, she was an analyst with a Harvard English degree. "Interesting..." I thought. "What's she doingat an IB?" Then again I remembered that John Gutfreund and a host of other BSD's were English majors, so I scoffed it off, but what she said next was just wrong: "I didn't know anything about , but my mentors at Goldman taught me..."
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure she was smart as hell, but I'm also sure that there are at least a thousand other people who could trade circles around her, people who actually live and breatheand has the experience to do the job with the least amount of imposition to his or her coworkers.
So why was she deemed more qualified than others?
This happened years ago though, and since then the banks have stepped up their selection process a whole lot, now possibly reflecting their "the best and the brightest" credo a little better.
But it got me to thinking; with the stringency of today's recruiting, what will happen to those in the old school BSD mold- Gekko's poor, smart, and hungry?
Will their present day versions still have a place on Wall Street?
Or have they all been stamped out already, and are now just poor and hungry?