Non-target hardo (mid-tier State University; e.g. U of KS/U of AZ/U of UT), non-traditional undergrad (older, dropped out of mid-tier Private, Liberal Arts College for family reasons and went back to school later), made it into top-bucket private credit/direct lending team with a broad investment mandate and which focuses on distressed/RX and/or generally "hairy" deals across all industries. The Cliff's Notes summary of how I got there is:
1 worked my nuts off with tons of self-study to prepare for both interviews and the role (e.g. WSP modeling coursework-the "premium package" and RX modeling course, read anything I could get my hands on, researched previous deals in the space to understand the mechanics of how the process works and sat for the CFA level one exam before graduating)
2 hit the bricks networking until I wore holes in my shoes (I landed the interview that got me my gig through a referral from a longtime contact who'd become a close friend)
That said, ask me anything and I'll do my best to field your questions. If I don't know the answer, I'll at least try to point you in the right direction.
Also, good luck to all the monkey's grinding out on-cycle recruiting rn; I know it's tough out there, but patience and persistence are imperative for success in this space, might as well start developing those skillsets now.