seatown12 wrote:Jeffro you just have to understand that you will need to work a lot harder than others in your class and with little to no help from the school, but you can get back to NC. Do you have any personal connections you can call on? It seems like that's how many people looking for jobs outside the typical WUSTL markets are getting it done.
I think this has some truth to it, but isn't completely fair to the CSO. As a transfer from a T2 to WUSTL (hereinafter "Wash U", c'mon people....), and as someone who is from and wants to work in a certain market (we'll call it State "huh?") outside the midwest, I will say that the Wash U CSO helped me a fair amount. They gave me an alumni list (albeit a short one, maybe 25 people) and opened up a conversation with several of them for me, and consistently offered more help, although I didn't take them up on it.
My T2 basically looked at me incredulously when I asked them if they could possibly help me work in State huh? (e.g. "So, why the hell did you come here kid?") as their primary concerns were strengthening and maintaining their regional ties. Wash U is at the point where the CSO is really trying to increase WUSTL's national reputation beyond LA, NY, and DC (or perhaps more to the point, there are still some hiring partners and judges on US New's annual contact list who live in those states don't know much about Wash U), and for that reason they have a vested (ok contingent, lol) interest in increasing their alumni base in states where Wash U is underrepresented. I think NC would be a textbook example of such a state.