I have been with my current employer for two years and over time noticed a trend (or bias) where recent graduates from top-ranked universities, sometimes with little experience, were hired to higher positions or fast-tracked their way up the organization ladder much more easily.
While I understand that many of these graduates were gifted and well-educated, I am sure that many of them weren't necessarily better performers or harder workers than others. There is also a subtle culture of paying more attention to these graduates than experienced people in the company, and I have witnessed on more occasions how the same mistake done by an average university graduate would be less punished if done by a Harvard graduate.
I am a bit puzzled by this but my conclusion is that there must be some bias, maybe based on expectations about their future performance and contribution to the company...?
However, I truly enjoy the company overall and also my job, so I want to figure out what I can do to stand out among all these Ivy Leaguers. What do they have that I do not have (apart from the degree), and how can I get that or learn that?
If my high performance today is not enough, then what do I need to signal to my employers so I also am seen as an equal?