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Does the college you go to really matter when you get a job in the future?

Updated San Diego, California

i don't know the relevance of wether you go to an ivy league vs. an institute of community college. #college #colleges #ivy-league #community #institute

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Brandon’s Answer

Updated Pasadena, California

In my experience, yes, the college you attend can influence your prospects in the job market.

First, it is important that you select a school that is properly accredited or certified for your intended career field. Beyond this some schools vary with the quality and amount of career placement support offered post graduation. Alumni networks can also be great resources in opening doors and creating career opportunities after graduation. While some large schools have very active and far reaching national alumni network, there are many great schools that are smaller that offer great alumni resources, are very strong regionally or in specific industries.

Good for you for considering how the school you select will matter in the job market after graduation. it is a great question to consider when investigating which university to select.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Hi Aiisha!

This is a very important question. The most important thing that matters is the how well the program of study at a school relates to the career that you want to follow and how hard you studied and how you well you did in the program. Does the program offer the certification or type of degree that you need for the job?

Wael’s Answer

Updated Redford Charter Township, Michigan

Yes, the institution you graduate from does make a difference. My brother graduated from CMU and he noticed a difference whenever you applies to jobs. Generally employers like to see an ABET accredited degree.

Caleb Reid’s Answer

Updated Hartford, Connecticut


This is a great question. Having just graduated from a large public university, I would say yes and no. At the end of the day, it's all about experiences leading up to graduation and future jobs. The school's alumni network can certainly be an influence. In today's world, it's 100 percent about who you know. The most-qualified person doesn't always get the job, but having a strong work ethic and network will go a long way. If you dream it, you can do it. Don't be afraid to break barriers to overcome the obstacles in front of you. You definitely want your school to have a strong program, but don't put yourself through a ton of post-grad debt and be paying off loans for numerous years. Just know it's possible to graduate debt-free and pursue the school you most desire too though. Hope this helps!