Alumni just don't care
Hi all. Just wrapped up a rough recruiting season this week with a MM offer. It's been a long half year prepping and networking, so I'm obviously psyched that everything worked out.
I come from a very non-traditional background and a non-target (though we do have a great number of alum in all over top banks all over the street), so without a doubt I had a ton of help from the alum from my school in getting my resume in front of HR to begin with.
But that's something I want to ask the good ol audience of WSO. Let me explain:
I can't name one alum outside my MM that has been even close to that helpful. Looking back on my process, I can't tell you how many times the 3 alum or less at any given bank couldn't be reached week after week. I'm talking about four, five, six follow up emails. I literally cold called 5 random first years at one BB I was really interested in before I managed to get ahold of the one recent alum from my school-and that was because the other guy I called knew the alum from my school personally.
And don't even get me started about helping with the process. One random analyst I cold emailed ended up pushing things along for me and found out more about the timeline within the span of a day. The MD from my school promised to connect me with others and then ignored my three emails following up.
I don't share a lot in common with some of these guys. I'm not diversity, not an athlete, didn't go to a prep school. I might come off as a sore loser on this post, but I remember it being so frustrating to know that your options are more or less limited by the coin toss of getting those 3 alumni from your school to pick up the phone.
Do some people just not care about paying it forward?
EDIT: After many comments, I ADMIT: I was wrong. Maybe I was a little frustrated and entitled at the time, point taken. Why pay for therapy when you have the good old community of WSO to get me right. On the road to reform!