Dealing with elitism while networking
I'm a sophomore at a community college and I had a call this week with someone at a highly ranked boutique. Halfway through the call he began to sound nervous, said "touchy topic but I need to ask you something", and pivoted the conversation to being about the fact that I go to community college. Acknowledged that I probably had some economic struggles that caused me to go to CC.
Started giving me a bunch of unsolicited advice about how I'm likely not going to break in NY offices, "not to discourage" me. Mind you I made no mention of New York or anything, I only asked about the firm. Told me I need to frame myself as underdog rather than someone with an inferiority complex (I don't think he was trying to say I had one as I made no mention of CC during the call) and need to say that I'm transferring next year, found out about finance through my friends and wanted to get a head start.
Edit: I didn't mention why I got interested in finance. I find it problematic that he would assume I found out about it through family and friends when I found out about finance the same way everyone else did: through an accounting course. Community college is not so different that I can't learn about "high finance" while I'm here.
Also told me my resume looked sparse even though I have a boutique IB internship and other internships on there. Not sure what he wants from a sophomore who hasn't had the chance to do ayet. [I don't have selected transaction experience.]
Edit: A mentor at a respected MM was appalled by his comments, so I don't think my resume is bad or anything.
Just wanted to rant.
Edit: Yeah, I know my odds are slim and what he's saying is true, but I'm just not a fan of his "CC is a dirty secret" ass tone. Haven't gotten that from other folks in the industry.
Fuck these guys who view me as not as qualified simply because my parents didn't have the money their parents did to drop $60k for me to do my first two years of college at a four year. Mind you my standardized test scores from high school are on there and confirm that I was accepted to solid 4 years but didn't go for reasons out of control.
Edit: Reading the comments its apparent that a lot of y'all don't understand that just because I don't like this dude's attitude doesn't mean that I'm not taking his advice or appreciative of his time.