by Grace aka costofcollege
Do you have a high class profile?
Social class operates visibly and invisibly: Obvious signals include who your parents are, the neighborhood you grew up in, and the schools you went to. But there are less obvious clues, too, like what you do with your free time (playing polo or basketball) and the music you listen to (country or classical). Sending the right signals could lead to a career breakthrough — depending on how privileged your gender is.
Compare these two examples.
If you read the article you’ll see that the picture is complex, with race, sex, college, and type of employer coloring the results.
Rate your profile using the factors listed in the table above. Where do you fit in on the High/Low Class spectrum? Have you ever tried to manipulate your profile? Do you think your profile matters in your particular situation? Has a lower class profile ever worked in your favor?
Referencing the movie “Hidden Figures”, this article offers another perspective on what helps in opening doors to career growth. With quantitative skills there is less need “to impress interviewers with nice clothes or family connections”.