Sample of Top Target school outcomes

Inspired by a post on the IB forum - "where is your analyst class after 10 years", I'm posting this to give a slightly broader perspective than IB.  Below are the career paths of the 16 guys in my fraternity pledge class - 11 years out, graduated from top target (one of non Cornell/Brown Ivies). 

EDIT:  Since some people are commenting as to the purpose of this, here's a quick explanation.  I was inspired by that thread on the IB forum (link here:…) - it seemed people were quite interested as to where they might (or could) end up after choosing one of the most popular career paths (IB) here on WSO.  Similarly, I hoped to provide a view into where someone could end up after going to one of the schools that people endlessly post about here on the Bschool forum on WSO.  No weird flex - you could argue that my profile is one of the least "impressive" below.  

Details have been left a little bit vague to avoid outing anyone: 

1:  Me.  4 years in financial consulting (think Navigant/Huron/Alix/Alvarez/FTI), Cornell MBA, now work in marketing at large CPG 

2:  5 years in media (sports/network), Stern MBA, now works at a media startup 

3:  5 years trading at top BB (MS/GS/JPM), currently leads a team of 4 at multi-billion hedge fund

4:  Top architecture grad school, currently partner track at one of the top architectural firms 

5:  2 years doing nothing, T10 law school, few years in BigLaw, started VC fund w/family members, just raised second fund

6:  Masters in CS at top program (S/CM/MIT), currently SWE at a large healthcare tech startup

7:  2 years at BB, 2 years at UMM PE, Wharton MBA, currently at UMM PE fund 

8:  Med school, MD

9:  T10 law school, currently senior associate at top BigLaw firm

10:  3 years of various jobs, T10 law school, associate in BigLaw

11:  Med school, MD

12:  MM IB, MF PE, 6 years (to now) of FAANG finance

13:  Moved to S Korea, currently lives in Asia and runs an online school w/his wife 

14:  Various jobs for 3-4 years, started HC tech company w/brother, just sold to larger HC tech firm 

15:  Trading at MM bank for 5 years, quit and retrained as SWE, currently at unicorn Fintech as engineering manager 

16: prime brokerage at BB, 8+ years at FoF (just made junior partner) 

Comments (83)

Feb 1, 2021 - 7:46pm

Someone who reads these boards and sees that apparently that's what all of you under 25 call them because you're still obsessed with prestige.  If you think that ever enters into my vocabulary in any other context, you would be wrong. 

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Feb 1, 2021 - 8:16pm

Nah, was a way to be more specific without outing myself.  I could also add non-HYP either if that makes it better for you. If I cared about Cornell/Brown so much, why would I post it having gone to Cornell for bschool? 

Feb 2, 2021 - 9:23am

CPG - consumer packaged goods - think chips, toothpaste, skin care, etc.  Sample companies would be P&G, Unilever, SC Johnson.  

Prime Brokerage - group at (generally) BB banks that provides brokerage services to large investment funds - usually hedge funds.  They usually arrange for margin loans, other financing & short borrows for those hedge funds and can be a primary point of contact for the banks' other services 

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Feb 2, 2021 - 8:14am

lmao who goes to cornell mba from a top target? 


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Feb 2, 2021 - 9:14am

Someone who got to said target having no concept of what he wanted to do after school and didn't have a good understanding of how my GPA connected to those options.  I spent 4 years partying and paying little to no attention to school and therefore graduated with a pretty piss-poor GPA.  I probably had among the very lowest undergrad GPAs in my MBA class - had to make up for it in other ways.  

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Feb 2, 2021 - 9:35am

Silver banana. Cheers mate. Probably had a better time than everyone else than worrying about nonsensical stuff


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Feb 3, 2021 - 9:15am

Went to a coding boot camp - 8 week program out of which he got a job at a sizeable fintech startup and then jumped to one of the bigger unicorns (you've heard of it) 2 years ago.  He absolutely hated his trading job by the time he quit. 

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Feb 3, 2021 - 9:10am

The first two are more obscure, the last 3 you should ask someone in RX at your bank when you're not busy trolling 

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Feb 2, 2021 - 8:04pm

It must be nice in the US where there are so many options to make a lot of money. In the UK there are only 2 or 3 options that make good money, everything else is £30k starting salary at best

Feb 6, 2021 - 6:37pm

Yes, salaries are lower, but we have the NHS (so no major healthcare costs). Not to mention that graduate schemes are a form of an internship in their own right. They hire you for 2-3 years and then place you somewhere else in the business where you begin to make the real money. We also have stricter labour laws as compared to the US, so while I agree that the salaries are shit in comparison, it isn't all that bad on our side of the pond. 

Feb 3, 2021 - 9:31am

No, only two did.  They both went to PE (see original post) - one did the classic PE/MBA/PE track, the other hated PE and quit to take a finance job at a FAANG company. 

Feb 3, 2021 - 9:13am

Not sure if you've noticed, but we've had a global pandemic for the past 11 months where lots of people have been working from home.  You watched another episode of Bridgerton, I spent 15 minutes writing a post some people might find helpful.  One could ask why you took the time to read it and respond if you didn't.  

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  • Intern in HF - Macro
Feb 5, 2021 - 12:47pm

Not sure why this thread is getting so much shit. All OP did was share some data points on his network and where they ended up. Which is helpful to know when beginning to think about your 5-10 year career horizon. 

Feb 5, 2021 - 3:39pm

The types of comments you're getting on this thread are what is wrong with WSO allowing anonymous comments to boost engagement. There is no skin in the game anymore and hating ass kids can attempt to cut you down without recourse.

I always appreciated these threads to see anecdotal career arcs and remember them as context for making my own moves. Thank you for posting this.

Feb 6, 2021 - 6:01pm

Interesting post. Thanks for sharing. There is inherently a lot more value from this post compared to the countless threads asking people to force rank banks. I guess the flak might have stemmed from using "top target".

  • Business School in IB - Ind
Feb 8, 2021 - 9:11am
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