How easy is it for most people to succeed nowadays & get to the top of a company in the USA? Is the following formula the way to go?

Get a BA, MA and PhD in Marketing from UCLA whilst working on a part time evening and weekend basis in Taco Bell to earn some money, build relationships, formulate inside connections and gain a vulnerable heads up on future forthcoming vacancies with the relevant hiring managers concerned.

Once you receive your PhD you apply for an entry level role as a Marketing Assistant at Taco Bell's corporate HQ or another similar company such as Safeway, Denny's or Jack in the Box.

With 2 years experience under your belt you become a Marketing Administrator, then a Marketing Officer, Marketing Manager, Marketing Consultant and finally end up as Director of Marketing for the US and Americas Region with some 15-20 years relevant experience behind you.

The salary package on offer is around $1,000,000 USD and with that you can afford a mortgage on a nice house in Beverly Hills.

Is that essentially in a fine nutshell the American Dream and what America is both all about and stands for?

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  • Foofa
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    1 year ago
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    Nobody builds useful relationships at Taco Bell and one would have to work 270 hours a month at such a job to be able to afford to live anywhere near UCLA. That's a school for rich kids (and I know this as I have a relative attending there at this very moment). The career trajectory you describe might work for one or two people but is hardly common enough for all the thousands of Marketing majors at UCLA to expect to follow it. Entry level salaries in marketing are closer to 53K per annum and those jobs are only going to people who graduate with spectacular portfolios. As with most of your questions you ignore just how many people live in the US. Nothing is "easy" when you're competing with 327 million other people.

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    • Foofa
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      1 year agoReport

      Then do explain why in the US so many marketing grads are pouring coffee for a living. My sister-in-law works at a major ad and marketing firm and for every job opening they get hundreds of CVs. It's supply and demand, two many marketing degrees and too few marketing jobs.

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  • Lisa A
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    That's not how it works. You need to have rich parents, go to an Ivy league school that your parents buy your way in to. You dont work a day in your life, until after you graduate. Then you become a hedge fund manager, or other wall street banker, or get a job within executive title at your parents' firm, or with one of their friends.

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  • 1 year ago

    No. Most companies won't hire someone with a PhD for an assistant level role as an assistant. It's actually much harder to get most jobs with a PhD, because a person with a PhD will usually be rejected because of being "overqualified".

  • Stuart
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    Their striking conclusion is that there has been a large decline in the rate of upward mobility across successive U.S. birth cohorts, from 92% of children born in 1940 earning more than their parents to only half of children born in 1984. Although Chetty et al. find that the slowdown in Gross Domestic Product growth has played a role, they conclude that faster economic growth is insufficient to restore mobility to its immediate postwar level in light of increased income inequality—a critical insight for policy and research

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    OMG, it's so easy once it's laid in logical easy steps like that! I'm convinced that poor people are poor because they CHOOSE to be poor, because they insist on making poor choices instead of following this easy 1-2-3 guide to success!

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