Every day there are numerous posts from undergrads or recent grads with nearly identical topics - "Do I have a chance at landing an XYZ entry-level position at ABC". Posts like these, where all they seek is validation from WSO through means of seeing 'Yes' as a response, provide no real benefit to the community or the OP. *Note this rant is not about posts that involve highly specific/unique scenarios where personal guidance is needed.
Why I despise these posts
- Many of these jabronis just want self-validation, not advice
- If a random WSO member's one-word comment is the catalyst that influences a career decision, I infer three things:
- You don't want the job as much as you think you do
- You (currently) lack drive and/or confidence
- You already have a preconceived notion you aren't qualified, effectively eliminating yourself before you even apply
- 95% of these posts have been answered in the past
So how you do compete? Gain a competitive edge in every area you can
Sure, Brad went to Yale and is expecting his offer two days after his first interview. However, did Brad develop relationships with multiple employees at ABC to vouch for him, or is he relying on his academic background? Did Brad spend 100+ hours preparing for one job in particular? Can Brad articulate exactly why he wants the job?
Most likely, Brad is still going to get the job, but that doesn't mean you won't as well. Find the areas where you can outperform others, and you'll start to see the benefits.
I also highly recommend looking at the user profiles of WSO members who have success stories. Notice their attitude even in times of desperation. You won't find any doubt portrayed in their old posts, 'chance' or 'possible' aren't in their vocabulary. These people are (generally) positive, driven, and find every possible way to leverage themselves to land the position they want.
A moderate GPA from a non-target school isn't going to eliminate you from a potential job.
Instead, it is this very assumption that will. For 99% of you on this forum, yes - you have a chance. Yes, it is going to take a shitload more work to narrow the gap between yourself and others. Yes, you will have to study x^3 times more than other applicants with better credentials. Just understand how to identify your weaknesses versus other candidates and develop those (applicable) weaknesses into strengths that give you an edge over others, and you will find yourself better situated than many..other than Brad. You can't change the past, but certainly the future.
Apologies for grammar/formatting issues, been two days since sleep.
-Posted by someone who has gone through more than you can imagine
P.S. Congrats on the job offer Brad