I am currently pursuing my PhD at a highly reputable university and am deeply engaged in academic activities, such as publishing quality research papers, serving as a reviewer for top-tier journals in my field, and have had the pleasure of seeing my work recognized by the academic community through numerous citations.
Despite my belief that success in a PhD program largely depends on personal effort and development, I've noticed a trend that seems hard to deny: PhD graduates from elite, top-tier universities often go on to become assistant professors at similarly prestigious institutions. On the other hand, it appears to be less common for graduates, regardless of their talent and accomplishments, from universities that are not within the top tier to secure assistant professor roles at these elite universities.
I am wondering if this is a well-recognized trend within academia, and if so, if it is something we as academics need to accept as the norm. I am interested in hearing the thoughts and experiences of others in the academic community on this matter.
Thank you in advance for your insights!
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