Will our choice in a college affect us in the long run?
Let's say I pick a college that isn't as popular as other or isn't as heard of. Will jobs look at me negatively due to that. Is there a chance I could lose the competition in getting a job because of my choice in college. How do jobs and the "real world" look at our choice in colleges for like jobs and etc? #career #college #career-development
When looking for colleges, picking out a big-name school is less important than finding a program that is best suited toward your needs and interests, and will provide you with the most thorough, in-depth education you can get in your particular field of study. After all, that's why you're at college in the first place, right? Ultimately, having the name of the university you attended plastered on your resume isn't going to matter to employers as much as the skills you've mastered. There is a lot to keep in mind while you're looking for schools, but this is a big one. Students spend time in a classroom with a professor for multiple hours a week — and this professor can turn into a huge job connection in the future. Smaller, lesser-known schools can often bring in huge talent, and professors at these schools often have more time to spend with students one-on-one than professors who are lecturing at larger, well-known schools. Make sure to pay close attention to faculty as you're figuring out a college for you. Where have they worked? Who do they know? If someone's career trajectory lines up with what you're trying to accomplish, that could be more helpful to you in the long-run than going to a different school with more prestige.
EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR EXPERIENCE
At the end of the day, experience is what employers want to see most. They want to see dedication (did you actually graduate?), skill (did you get internships?), and proof of your work (do you have a portfolio?). As I was job hunting out of college, employers never asked me about my school, or why I didn’t go to a prestigious university. Instead, they asked me about my work, and why do I think I'm a good fit for this job. Go somewhere that will allow you to get experience in the field you are studying. Professors are certainly people to network with, but you’re going to want to expand past your university. With internships and other opportunities, you will get the chance to know people within your field that you can connect with and meet others through. I promise, once you graduate, those connections are going to be a key part of your job search — even more so than where you graduated from college. Where you went to school will not save you from the fact that you still have to job hunt like everyone else — and I promise, it’s going to be hard. You know what they are going to look for when you start interviewing? Experience. I keep saying it, but it’s true. Get the experience, be good at what you do, and forget the title.
Obviously Kenny, where you go to school is important — but it's not the most important thing employers are looking for at the end of the day. Go ahead and include it on your resume, but make sure to play up your other accomplishments, too. The bottom line is that it doesn’t necessarily matter where you go to college because that alone doesn’t make you a successful graduate. However, if you attend a college that is a good fit for you, you will have a much better chance at graduating not only with a degree, but with a passion for your chosen career. Your passion for the work is exactly what an employer wants to feel from you during an interview and is what will set you apart from the rest.
Hope this was Helpful Kenny
And remember, a lot of learning for a career happens when we actually start working. College is a means to equip you and prepare you for the "education that is life" and that is where all the learning happens.
Eventually, I would say, follow your instincts, get into a college that works well for you (and may be you have friends there, too or Teachers you happen to know!). It will all work out well for your career- just trust your instincts and follow your passion!
I hope that helps.
Good luck for a great college life and a great career!
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I agree with some of the others that the friendships that you make in college can last a lifetime. You can find different types of people anywhere you go to college and in life.
I have never known anyone who was negatively impacted for going to a regular college. There are very few careers where going to big name schools could really impact your career and that would depend on the hiring manager. Overall, if there is a need for a college degree, the most important thing to an employer is that you went to an accredited university. For example, I know someone who wanted to be an architect but the university was only accredited in the state where the school was, it would not be of value outside of the state. So you need to make sure that what college you chose is acceptable where you end up wanting to work.
At the end of the day, your ability to apply what you learned in college to a particular profession is going to be the most important element for you. Experience will play a major factor as you continue to grow in your career. College degrees simply lay the foundation for getting a job that you want in a specific field. Then the hard work begins.
In summary, I would not stress about the college you choose. Put in the work and you will come out ready to take on the world!
However as time passes in career its the skill sets as well your contacts you developed over a period of time will be more influential in the choices you make in your career...
The most important factor is that you go to the college or university that has the best program to meet YOUR goals and plans for your future. As a hiring manager, it's less important to me WHERE the applicant went to college, but what they did with their skills and knowledge and talents. For example, the fact that an applicant went to college tells me that their education was a priority to them, and self-improvement is something that motivates them. The type of degree tells me what area of expertise or specialization they have, but also not necessarily a disqualifier if the job they are applying for is different. GPA is an important indicator of how dedicated/focused/serious the applicant took their studies, which says a lot to me about their sense of responsibility and leadership. Additionally, I wouldn't necessarily look past an applicant WHO DIDN'T go to college. There could be more to that story, and I wouldn't want to make assumptions at first glance. They could have many years of job experience or specialization in the field for which I am hiring, and/or perhaps they have some type of certification or other training that is valuable to what I'm looking for. The last thought I'd like to leave you with is that, when I'm looking to hire a new employee, I not only look at their college and relevant job experience, but also how well-rounded they are as an individual. Do they have other experiences that demonstrate leadership, such as social or academic clubs? Do they have volunteer experience, which tells me that they have a sense of commitment to causes beyond their own? So, having a "Harvard" or "Yale" degree may be an interesting label on a resume, it's certainly (likely) not the most important thing to a hiring manager. Your college experience will impact your life, but it's not necessarily going to impact your career choices later. My brother spent many years in college and built up work experience within the Psychology field, and he has a totally unrelated career today. Additionally, I didn't go to college after high school (I have since gone back as an adult), and I have had a long and prosperous career 25+ year with a major corporation. I hope that helps! Follow your dreams.
Build your network. Meet with someone every week to talk about your career path for a few minutes. It will make a difference.