i didn’t have no fancy college degrees, not even from state colleges. It was US Army School of Hard Knocks. Even back then I realized that when you open up your mouth, you better have tabs on your shoulder and wings on your chest before most people would take you seriously.Just wanted to expand on this particular point - you're of course correct in an American context, at least up to a certain level (and then again above a certain very high level). All of these things are culturally correct and appropriate here.
If you're Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos or Warren Buffet, you can do whatever you want, and it's just quirky.
If you're an up and coming go-getter, with the right personality, you can wear your Swatch and a degree from a university that ends in 'State' and go make millions by going around the system. (Just to be clear, I'm not of the 'right' background, I grew up too poor for Swatches, I barely had Casio money, and I went to a State university).
in between those, there are plenty of situations where tiny things will get you knocked off the path, and you'll probably never know that's why. There are huge sections of the US high-end economy where having the 'right' background, education and presentation are simply the basic table stakes to participate. The only way around that is to have made enough money that those guys are coming to you, instead of you coming to them.
Just hard facts, you can get around these barriers by forging your own success, but they'll never give 99+% of people even the chance to come up through their system unless you're the 'right' kind of people.
Our system is still more flexible than most in the world, but it's nowhere near as open as we like to pretend.
they don’t have your personnel files sitting in front of them to show your OER/NCOERs. All they have to go on is your appearance, so you’d better look good. Then you can win them over with your competence.
my siblings are the ones with fancy educations.