IB/PE 10 years after college
I graduated HYPS 10 years ago. I did the typical route and started in M&A at a middle market IB.
I see a lot of people who seem to worry more then they should. It's okay to not have an offer your senior year. It's totally okay to start in the big. You can still make it to whatever firm and lateral over.
The whole prestige thing matters a lot less when you get 5 years of experience. Arguably, same for the MBA. (Unless the firm pays.)
Feel free to AMA, but some of you need to take a deep breath. You don't need to(I've worked with "no name" consultants who are making more than MBB). If you don't get Goldman it doesn't mean you won't ever go to . Your GPA means little once you have experience.
Some firms actually prefer people with a different background.
For all of you discussingmoves- I wish you the best of luck. Just remember your life is not over if you aren't at your favorite BB.