mpasi wrote:My T4 friend is an example of someone who relied on hard work instead of entitlement to find a job. She absolutely busted her ass to get that job. And again, I made it about OP, not every T-14 grad as you were doing, though, if every T-14 grad is like OP (which I doubt), then it is about them. It applies to anyone who thinks something should be handed to them just 'cause.
I didn't offer her up as some sort of gold standard. I simply used her as an example of someone can make it in this economy if they bust their asses hard enough, and are willing to compromise what they want in the short term. Why you think that's so unreasonable is beyond me. It's common sense.
I'm going to go out on a limb for a minute here and assume that your friend found her 70k job in a secondary market. Contrary to what some may imagine, secondary markets aren't boon for T14 grads who strike out in NYC/DC/Chi/Cali/wherever. Secondary market firms will demand ties and reasons why you're willing to work for them, particularly given your presTTTigious background. I attend CCN and I guarantee that none of my classmates was absolved from having to prove connections to TX when interviewing with TX firms.
That the applicant is attempting to 'settle' may be, and frequently is, incredibly obvious to the employers you're applying to (hence why many T14 grads swarming PI without a history of interest in PI don't manage to break into the field). No one particularly wants an employee that ran to them as last resort and hiding as much can be terribly difficult to manage.
TL;DR- elevating T4 grads who work in secondary markets as examples to T14ers who chase after and don't break into NYC firms is simplistic and blind to hiring realities in the legal profession.