I am willing to admit that I did not make it into any of my target schools. I understood in any such industry talked about in WSO, my credential would put me at a disadvantage. As a result, I pushed myself to make the connections and steps necessary to earn a valuable Summer Analyst internship. I was very fortunate to get it, but even more shocked by the lack of understanding of how important this internship was at this school.
I have always been prepped to believe no one in my school had a shot at a major firm. In one of my finance courses, only myself and one other person knew the difference between private equity and IB. The teachers reinforce the idea that: "to work at a company like, the AMOUNT of experience matters more than the content of what you learn". As noted, I disputed that my 10-week Summer Analyst Internship was far more credible than that of a local Credit Union intern who only processes transactions (for 1 year).
The whole class rallied against me. Comments included: a financial analyst could be anything, 10 weeks is nothing compared to 1 year, my company was in New York and a boutique (not "Name Brand").
This kid with his one year experience described how he got offered a full time job there and is making $42,000 a year. The whole class applauded him. They then turned to me and described how they were right and I was wrong.
This is what angered everyone: I said that when I graduate, I will be making over twice the money he will be starting. I said this to explain that his method was not better than mine and that their views on an "Analyst" were misguided. The teacher was the first to get angry with me. She mentioned that pay is not everything ("Am I not successful because I am a professor and make less than you will").
It is hard to explain to non-target school culture that their is success beyond the boundaries set by the standard. They already adjusted to this idea that target schools will be more successful than them: so they justify that their total experiences will overtake their value. It is very similar to the idea that if someone does not think they are book smart, they are immediately street smart (to justify it to themselves).
Is there a way of showing these people the path without hurting their feelings? For many who I have shown WSO, they are very timid. The burst of credentials everyone online has makes them feel inferior. As a result, they tell me they don't want to be Analyst. I respect them if they did not want to be an Analyst in the first place, but I hate when people try to come up with a bs excuse for not being able to make the cut.
FYI I understand I was wrong to make a statement like that. It was hurtful and wrong for the guy to lose his enjoyment. I just hated the fact that the class relished their own personal feelings about being right over me (not his actual success).