College Dropout but Family Office Analyst - some advice?


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Interesting story, ya, you're going to have to go back to school because you're not going to get any legit looks as a college dropout unless you just get really really lucky. You have to realize, the people you'll be interviewing with largely went to really good schools and made really good grades and worked pretty hard to get there. When you come along and come off as arrogant and like you're quite literally too cool for school, that's not going to be a good impression. Especially as a junior guy, most firms are looking for folks who will come in, work hard, learn a ton, and be humble. The try hards and kids that come in and try and step over each typically don't get return offers.

I'm sure you've got great ideas and if the above work experience is legit then you have great w/e, but an arrogant college dropout far outweighs the pluses. A humble college dropout would be much better but still a major red flag. Go back to school, make good grades, be humble, and you'll have some job opportunities.

Changing the subject some, no one is currently writing swaps on SLABS and I doubt anyone ever really will because it would be a political nightmare. Think about this scenario. Goldman syndicates a bunch of student loans in a security and then writes a swap and sells it hedge funds. Goldman is now actively selling the opportunity to bet AGAINST education. You think that'll play well to investors/literally anyone? People have tried to get swaps and the answers has been effectively no way in hell.

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I don’t think you’re really looking for opinions, just validation. You know everyone is going to say go back to school, so you sort of head that off at the pass. Just go back to school (as you say you are) and actually finish it this time.

The thing that’s interesting is that you know that you come off as arrogant but ask readers to ignore that....why would we? The arrogance oozing from this post was overwhelming everything else in it. You say you are unlucky and then go on to talk about your trust fund and all of the ways you benefited from nepotism and family money. Most people would call that lucky. People in much worse family circumstances than you are in better spots career wise because they are taking responsibility for their decisions. You seem to be blaming your family instead.

So, if you’re looking for advice that will help further your career, this is all I can give you: Start to take responsibility for your own decisions. Stop blaming external forces. You seem overconfident without any accomplishments of note, which will rub most people the wrong way.

Stop being a whiny little bitch, in other words.

ah yes Mr Lehman

Regardless what you say in the quest to belittle the whining spoiled brat (ah what a hollywood motif), nothing can change the fact that my series of unfortunate events were out of my control. People call Bill Ackman a spoiled whiny bitch, because he has conviction and unorthodox views - but he's richer than everyone on this site. I consider myself in the same predicament; with or without the court of public opinion, I will run shit. With or without "accomplishments of note" (I'm sorry, did you make 40x your capital on ur 19th birthday calling the shots on a major geopolitical event when everybody else didn't?), I'll remain confident.

I understand it's almost impossible to comprehend how someone that has benefited from family wealth, etc can possibly be less fortunate than someone with far fewer means, but that's where intelligence is required. You can't grasp the concept, and that's okay.

For what it's worth, my extended family has been profiled in the media as having a "curse" as in "the {insert surname} curse". So maybe that's extended to me. In any event, your self-righteous, cliche point of "take responsibility" is void.

I have taken responsibility for more than you know. Put yourself through some of my life, and we'll see who the "whiny little bitch" is. You're a years-long regular poster here - I think it's safe to say advice from you isn't best.


I was wrong. You have zero redeeming qualities, you useless entitled piece of shit. You have done nothing in life, just to be clear.

Presumably a troll wouldn't go through the effort of humorlessly referencing other posts, so I suppose this could warrant a reply...

What I said was that it realistically wasn't going to cut it. I'm a big believer in there being many routes to success, but it's perfectly fair to say that their best chance was to transfer to a reputable university if at all possible (which I recognize isn't always the case). Regardless, it's much, much harder (i.e. possible but not realistic) to break in with only an online degree

More directly to your situation...

I wouldn't typically make use of what could be construed of as an ad hominem, but seeing as your unpleasantness will almost certainly impact your career (and you are asking for career advice after all) it seems charitable to suggest that you dial it back a bit (a lot). And while I wouldn't disagree with DickFuld's "whiny little bitch" comment, you've somehow managed to simultaneously exhibit a level of arrogance and general tooliness that's far more distasteful

tl;dr- I may be vanilla, but at least I'm not a whiny little bitch

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