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Hey guys I was wondering how the people who graduate from targets feel about the people who come from non-targets in the workplace. Obviously coming from a target gives a person an incredible leg up in the job search but once everyone is working in their respective banks is where you received your undergrad a non-issue or will people have more trust and confidence in the people that went to targets over the ones that went to non-targets? Just curious, I will be attending a non-target in the fall and would love some opinions.

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Jul 3, 2013 - 3:59pm

Wilk95:

Obviously coming from a target gives a person an incredible leg up in the job search but once everyone is working in their respective banks is where you received your undergrad a non-issue or will people have more trust and confidence in the people that went to targets over the ones that went to non-targets?

I hope not. Because that would mean I wasted 260 grand when I could have just cold-emailed and gone to awkward coffee chats.

Jul 3, 2013 - 5:52pm

I came from a non target, so I knew I had to assert dominance on the first day. I walked on to the floor shirtless, went to the group head's office, slapped him across the face, told him "I'm the BSD around here" and then sat down in my cube. Even though I got fired...I was respected.

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Jul 3, 2013 - 7:20pm

Graduate top of your class and work like hell once you are in. A few years later, it will not matter where you went to school. Your work product and brains will speak for themselves.

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Jul 3, 2013 - 8:19pm

Dhanam:

Wilk95:

Obviously coming from a target gives a person an incredible leg up in the job search but once everyone is working in their respective banks is where you received your undergrad a non-issue or will people have more trust and confidence in the people that went to targets over the ones that went to non-targets?

I hope not. Because that would mean I wasted 260 grand when I could have just cold-emailed and gone to awkward coffee chats.

Holy crap. I went to a top 25 school and w/o scholarships, tuition, living expenses, and all fees was only $56k, which I had scholarships mainly cover. Sure, I don't have OCR just handing me interviews, but networking has been a great experience and I know if I had an even higher GPA (3.8+) I would probably have an even easier time. But wow, 260k....now I see why targets assume jobs should be handed to them, that is one hefty pricetag.

Jul 3, 2013 - 9:03pm

Dhanam:

Wilk95:

Obviously coming from a target gives a person an incredible leg up in the job search but once everyone is working in their respective banks is where you received your undergrad a non-issue or will people have more trust and confidence in the people that went to targets over the ones that went to non-targets?

I hope not. Because that would mean I wasted 260 grand when I could have just cold-emailed and gone to awkward coffee chats.

If that's your mindset, you did waste $260K.. welcome to the real world. There's quality everywhere, better be on your game.

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'
Jul 5, 2013 - 9:18am

Loki777:


Dhanam:



Wilk95:


Obviously coming from a target gives a person an incredible leg up in the job search but once everyone is working in their respective banks is where you received your undergrad a non-issue or will people have more trust and confidence in the people that went to targets over the ones that went to non-targets?


I hope not. Because that would mean I wasted 260 grand when I could have just cold-emailed and gone to awkward coffee chats.


Holy crap. I went to a top 25 school and w/o scholarships, tuition, living expenses, and all fees was only $56k, which I had scholarships mainly cover. Sure, I don't have OCR just handing me interviews, but networking has been a great experience and I know if I had an even higher GPA (3.8+) I would probably have an even easier time. But wow, 260k....now I see why targets assume jobs should be handed to them, that is one hefty pricetag.

Haha relax guys. I think I meant to write 240K instead of 260K - but yeah all in everything is 60 grand a year at private targets like the Ivy's now. And you say that you went to a top 25 target w/o scholarships, yet later in your sentence you mention that it was covered by scholarships.

Most scholarships ask for some form of your parents tax returns and do consider your "financial need", when applying. So if you're ineligble for financial aid from your school, your probably ineligbile for the vast majority of scholarships, which was my case. I still do, however, understand the value of money and see 240 grand all in cost of attendance as a lot.

I have tons of smart, driven friends at UT Austin and Drexel, and I know tons of clueless guys where I go (Penn). Just take it easy, I feel that non-targets very quickly get defensive on this site haha. All I'm saying is that I knew I wanted to go into finance early on, and I decided on a school that provides the most opportunioties in that field. I got into that school by what is mostly luck, and don't feel "entitled" to really anything. At the end of the day, to succeed in the industry you have to hustle - be it networking while at a non-target, busting your balls during OCR at a target, or whatever it may be. All I'm saying is that when the alumni relations center contacts me ten years from now asking to give back, they'll be hard pressed to get anything from me.

Jul 5, 2013 - 9:54am

Dhanam:

Double post

lol u mean triple post whey to abuse posting system 4 banana points (even tho i'd probably do strange things 4 them too)

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