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While Worcester State University has treated me well, it is not regarded as a school with a "big" name. I am pursuing a Master in Health Care Industry, a degree WSU offers as a 2 year program. Should I transfer to get the "big" name, or stay at WSU?

Sophomore at Worcester State Univeristy. Majors: Business Administration and Visual Art. Eventual Masters Degree for Health Care Industry. Employment: Intern at UMass Medical Center: Diabetes Center of Excellence.

I am asking this question because I do realize that a career in health care is a fine choice considering the Industy is presently booming, however I have concerns about when the massive wave of baby boomers is no longer contributing to its growth. I have been working in the field since I was a volunteer at the hospital at 15 years old. I love working in the hospital, and while I am not too interested in the medical sciences, there are ample business opportunities that I am extremely interested in. My academic records show a history of excellence and determination. I am prepared to embark on this rigorous pursuit for higher education and in doing so, would like to be fully informed on the TRUE potential for the health care industry.
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Edgar’s Answer

Stay! Worcester State is a great school with a historical name and presence. Dont discount the big vs. small. In my career I have cross paths with folks who went to them all and everything in between and even in some cases no college at all! The education you get out of it highly depends on what you are willing to put into it regardless of the school size of brand name.
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Amanda’s Answer

I think this is a interesting question with a fine line between perception and reality.

Perception makes us believe that a degree at a big name university will give us an edge over someone with a online or community college degree. The reality is most of the courses taught deliver the same degree of education.

As a hiring manager while typically a degree is required, where you went to school to get that degree doesn't affect my hiring decision. I am generally looking at previous experience, time on the job, and once you've reached the interview process I am focused on how well you present yourself.

Many wonderful and highly qualified candidates cannot afford University degrees.

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Jared’s Answer

I suppose it would depend to some extent on what you want to do with the degree and if you already have a job waiting for you. I also would assume the reputation of your current school's degree program and that of the "big" school would be a factor to consider as opposed to each school's overall reputation. Cost differences would also be a relevant factor to consider.

Jared recommends the following next steps:

Talk to recruiters and hiring managers to get their opinions regarding each school's program reputation. Also ask how much of a difference that makes in hiring and promotion decisions.
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