I recently read an article about Yale undergraduates. My friend sent it to me because she saw that this article pertained to me. It was basically about liberal minded people who wanted to go into non-profits, local businesses, or companies that make a difference internationally or nationally that is not concentrated in finance or consulting or have the mindset of making things to become rich. It was an eye opener.
To my understanding, Yale students have academic flexibility and freedom and go to one of the most liberal colleges that really pushes students to pursue what they want to do in the future instead of just going into corporate America to make money. However, many people who were super passionate about making a difference end up going to corporate America instead of following their passions and making a difference on a more humanitarian level because of the money or because it seems like the next logical step in their lives.
A student expressed in the article that she thought that going into corporate America as a consultant would give her skills to help non-profits later on after she made enough money. However, she realized that the best way to help a non-profit is to actually work for one because being a lower level consultant or investment banker consists of endless hours in front of the computer working on Excel spreadsheets and power points. This honestly was an eye opener for me because I still have not really decided my future and what I would like to do to make decisions that would make the most difference in my opinion.