Tech and non tier 1 Mountis not prestigious. IBD is not what it was in the 80s, and tech was NEVER prestigious. You are neither management, nor revenue generating, not client facing in tech. You are all 3 in most high finance roles.
Medicine is not prestigious. You are merely a well trained robot that can do surgery/diagnose diseases.
Law is not prestigious. Your degree is far more prestigious than working in law. A JD from Yale is prestigious, being a partner at Kirkland & Ellis or whatever is not. Lawyers make far too little to be prestigious.
to an extent, but not to the extent of PJT/CVP/ /APO.
Hedge funds are not prestigious. Facing clients, managing a group and generating revenue through social tact and macro strategy is more prestigious than being the equivalent of a human calculator in some boiler room.
The only prestigious shops left in 2021 are the following (ranked in order):
If you're not at one of the holy four, shut up about prestige, as you have none. If you're making under 40 million at any of the holy four, you're not prestigious.
If you didn't go to a top of the top undergrad (Wharton, Yale, Dartmouth, USC, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE) you're not prestigious.
If you didn't go to a top of the top business school (W/H/LBS/INSEAD), you're not prestigious Stanford GSB is not as prestigious as H or W.
If you didn't land PE or Mount Olympus EB IBD out of undergrad, you're not prestigious.
If you're not in NYC or London, you're not prestigious.
The number of truly prestigious individuals left who meet all of the above criterias likely number in the low dozens, and I am amongst them.