I was recently at a conference and met a former Goldman IB-er who works in PE now. He's originally from Arkansas and was telling me that his parents are exponentially prouder of his big brother, who works in some type of corporate strategy function at Walmart, than they are of him for breaking into PE & the most prestigious investment bank in the world. He told me that working at Walmart Corporate in Arkansas is like the holy grail for most people from there - although they're about split half and half between hating Walmart and loving Walmart.
As someone who works for a F500 headquartered in a small state, I've seen similar scenarios, where a kid will hustle to get a job with my company and turn down T2 consultancies like OW/Deloitte. But it still shocked me that his parents feel like the other kid is more successful.
Is it just general lack of knowledge about the professional services industry? Are there any examples of similar situations WSOers have encountered? What's the regional "I made it" job where you're from?