Non Ivy League degree - am I doomed

Realistically, how much disappointment can I expect to face upon graduation (in terms of landing a nice job with a reputable firm) considering that I don't go to an Ivy League institution?

Does the fact that I go to a reputable private school (particularly in finance, business, economics, and accounting) in downtown Chicago help?

Advice?

Comments (20)

May 2, 2012

you'll be just fine.

May 2, 2012

This isn't real.

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May 2, 2012

Just work harder than the ivy students and you'll be fine.

May 3, 2012
nontarget kid:

Just work harder than the ivy students and you'll be fine.

Is this actually true?

May 4, 2012
magnanoa:
nontarget kid:

Just work harder than the ivy students and you'll be fine.

Is this actually true?

To get in, typically yes. Once you're in, no one cares where you went to school. PE/hf recruiting can go either way, don't know much about that though

May 2, 2012

No one that didn't have an ivy league degree ever made it anywhere. You're doomed.

May 2, 2012

Have fun working in ops and living in Queens you low-expectation non-prestigious twat

May 2, 2012

Jesus man, the title of your post tells me you don't use search around here, and this is an extreme case of one of those types of posts. Relax, you're not doomed.

Also, doing well at DePaul can open plenty of doors in Chicago.

May 2, 2012

It's all on you man, bust your ass! You're not going to go anymore if you're already limiting yourself... It's not just about the name of the school!

May 2, 2012

you're fucked. no chance whatsoever

May 2, 2012

Well if you didn't attend Upenn. Yes you are in serious Shit.

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May 2, 2012
  1. Network
  2. Work hard
  3. Sack up

If you really want this, the odds don't matter.

May 3, 2012

Give us more stats...how far are you into college? Relevant work experience?

If you go to DePaul it's not the end of the world. I don't know your shots at a BB office in Chicago, but you definitely could get somewhere in boutique/MM space with solid networking. There are a lot of decent Chicago-based firms who are not as Ivy-league filled as their NYC counterparts...just realize you might not be BB bound.

May 3, 2012

Remember, there is no nobility in poverty.

May 3, 2012

Doomed.

May 3, 2012

pack your shit...mexico beckons.

May 3, 2012

Short answer: Yes
Long answer: No

May 3, 2012
Domino:

Short answer: Yes
Long answer: No

I'd like a large marguerita pizza, two wings and a regular coke please. I'll pay in cash.

May 3, 2012
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