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With a business degree, how influential is the name on your diploma in the interview process?

Updated Wheaton, Illinois

On average, college tuition has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Many college students graduate with significant debt, is it worth going to a school that is more expensive with an equal reputation of another school. While still getting the same degree. #business #after-college #college-tuition #degree

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Michael’s Answer

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Hi Katie,


The type of school can make a difference, but in my experience it will not make such a significant difference that you cannot make a good living. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Finance. Alabama has a good program, but it is not one of the elite business schools. I think it ultimately helps if you know what sort of business you want to go into. I think with Finance/Investment it'd be more advantageous to go to a premiere school, but if you are looking at general business then you are fine getting a degree almost anywhere. The degree is half the battle, it's what you do with it (internships, entry-level positions, making a mark early) that will define how well you can and will do in your field.


Thanks!


Mike

Henry’s Answer

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Hi Katie,

I believe there are some higher profile firms in consulting and investment banking where the name on your diploma does matter but for most other industries it is not that important. If possible, it is better to demonstrate some experience in the role you are interviewing for whether gained from a prior job, internship or volunteer experience. At the end of the day, the diploma is the minimum threshold to get your foot in the door. For myself, once I have determined that the candidate has the basic business skill set, my focus is on finding someone who is enthusiastic and teachable.

-Henry

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