I'll be studying Economics at Brown, and talking to a few profs it seems like there is pretty good placement in wall street or consulting for those who want it. It is a 'Target school' and a lot of companies recruit there, and there's not much competition. It's something I've considered, especially if the work I'd be doing would use "soft skills" that I find interesting to exercise.
However, I am personally a market socialist. I've been a leftist my whole life, so I don't think me being some sort of socialist will change. Technically, finance would still be an industry in a market socialist society, it would just be much less profitable. There wouldn't be huge accumulations of capital.
Anyway, I think I'd be fine personally working in finance as long as the work is interesting. But I don't know if I'd be shut out of higher paying positions just for my beliefs. I was also considering other ivies like Dartmouth, a place that heavily places into finance, and it seems like everyone who goes into wall street is a fratty white boy.
Now, I don't necessarily care. I chose Brown because of the culture fit. But if a lot of people on the street are like this, I'd probably be shut out of higher level positions, just because I might seem like a radical. Building connections is also important, so I don't know if people would be turned off by my beliefs.
Working in finance or consulting, do you know any leftists? What sort of treatment have they had from others there? Has their advancement been stifled by their beliefs?
I'm also bisexual and non-white, so I don't fit into the stereotypical popular view of a wall street guy. I'm not weird or edgy about it though. I don't generally talk about politics other than with my friends.
Have you ever met a socialist or leftist on the street? Not that people would tell you randomly, but once you get to know someone well you generally know about their political beliefs.
What do ya'll think of my situation? Any help or advice would be appreciated.
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