People in S&T
I came into my BB firm with a major inferiority complex - I don't have a STEM background, I didn't intern with the group, and I'm from a non-target school. I got offered a credit trading position, it's not distressed debt or HY, which I heard have cooler people, but I'm still shocked at how seemingly weird the people on my desk seem.
I'm sure they're good at what they do, it's a well regarded desk on the street, probably top 5, but they're not the MIT computer science or Princeton math types. Just a bunch of not cool dudes from non-target schools.
Is this surprising? I thought either 1) they'd be lacrosse players with tons of confidence from Duke or Virginia or 2) STEM majors from Ivy's, the types of people who enjoy explaining the Greeks and convexity while at a bar.
It seems like they're neither and are just average. I'm not trying to knock them, they seem nice and again, I'm sure they're good otherwise they wouldn't be top 5 on the street in their product. But am I missing something here?