Q&A: Non-target → Top Bucket SSG Private Credit/Direct Lending
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:
 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)
 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.