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Does going to certain universities affect your career path?

I don't know which college I want to go to. I am a junior in high school and don't have any college I really want or need to go to.
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Samantha’s Answer

Hi Edwin! While the college you choose doesn't necessarily narrow the career paths you can pursue, it's important to consider the role campus recruiting can have on your internship and job options. While you may still not know exactly what you want to do yet, you should consider a few majors/industries that you might be interested in and learn about the on campus recruiting opportunities for people in those majors. Many companies tend to hire large amounts of students from their target schools, and it can be a lot more difficult for students who don't go to a target school to secure an interview. I'd also keep an eye out for colleges that have particularly good career services offices, as it's important to have people to turn to when you need help creating/editing your resume or preparing for interviews.
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Ethan’s Answer

Hey Edwin! In my personal opinion, going to a specific university will not affect your career path. If you are looking at colleges and universities, look at specific schools that have programs that you'd be interested in. If you don't know and plan to start college undecided, then look at other qualities that specific universities and colleges that will appeal to you. Do they have amazing study abroad programs? Are their dining halls amazing? Do they have awesome secondary programs and organizations would you like to be a part of? Many colleges and universities will have centers that will help find a career path you want to pursue, which can help you guide yourself into a specific major, or find ways to use a major you want to pursue and fit it into the career path you desire. It will be up to you to decide what you want to study and use what you learn to tailor your experience to yourself, and that will help you with your career path. Don't let the name of the university deter you from doing what you want to do!
Best of luck!
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Jessica Sera’s Answer

Hi Edwin!

There are many factors that will affect your career path. The college or university you end up going to is one of many factors. For example, colleges and universities offer many programs and majors. Some schools may specialize in certain careers such as nursing or teaching careers. Depending on what you want to do, I would research a couple of schools to see if their majors interest you. Also, it is completely fine to be unsure about which major you would want to be! I myself had switched majors a couple of times. Because I went to a big university, there were so many majors, and I had the flexibility to take different courses, until I decided on majoring in Psychology and Education.

Regardless, all colleges and universities will surely open up opportunities for you to pursue a career. What matters the most is whether or not you take the opportunities presented to you. I highly recommend becoming involved in clubs, organizations, or jobs on campus. This will help build your network and open many doors for you to build a career path.

Best of luck to you!
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Serena’s Answer

Hi Edwin,
Which university you get into certainly has an influence to your future path.
If you already have strong interest to a particular field,
Such as computer engineering, arts, medicine,
It is worth researching for which universities are known for these field,
Not only will these universities be more likely to offer a great academic course,
You can also gain a vast network of connections with alumni who are already in the field,
Which will help you immensely when you look for internship opportunities,
Or to start your career in that field.

Also take a look at the surroundings of the university,
What extra curricular activities they offer and student organizations they are known for;
See if they match your caliber and aspirations.

Good luck!

Regards,
Serena
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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Edwin,
Really good question. I don't think going to a specific college will affect your career path. At the end of the day I really believe the amount of effort and the way you apply yourself will help you determine how to succeed beyond college. If you capitalize on the opportunities in front of you at whatever university you choose, you'll set yourself up for success in the future. I recommend getting involved in organizations at your university that you are most passionate about, but also organizations that you think will help build your academic studies.Your involvement in those will help differentiate you from your peers when you are ready to graduate and apply for jobs. It's really important to build your resume through experience and even internship opportunities when the time comes, but also through networking and connections. When choosing a university, definitely look into its campus life, what organizations they offer, and if they have a diverse set of majors to pick from just incase your first choice doesn't work out. Once you're in college utilize all the resources offered to you, especially the university's career center for guidance on your future.
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Simeon’s Answer

Companies don't usually care about which university you go to. Prestige is more of a selling point to students than an actual payoff for people with the degree. The biggest benefit you get from going to a more prestigious university is the alumni network and references you could use to get jobs at better companies, but that's not guaranteed.
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Gregg’s Answer

Hi Edwin,

If you are unsure about what you want to study or what field you plan on starting a career in you may want to choose a larger university with more options for majors and fields of study. For example, a small liberal arts college may not have a molecular biology program. Going somewhere without a diverse set of majors may limit you or not expose you to something that you may otherwise not been exposed to.

As other posters mentioned, the variety of experiences you will have should also be a strong consideration. Your field of study is only one part of determining your career. Who you meet, what non-academic programs you are a part of, where you live, etc will influence who you become. This is as important as what you study.

Whatever you choose, try to make the most of it.

Good luck!

Gregg

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Keith’s Answer

Does going to certain universities affect your career path?

Yes and no. Relationships and networking you conduct in college can be one of the primary ways to launch a career. In any industry, despite how we interact, opportunities come down to who you know. Where you go for school can play a big part in that. That said, your intellect and body of work speaks loudly, so regardless of where you go...if you are good enough, they will find you!

Thank you! Edwin K.

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N’s Answer

Absolutely, at least in my experience, my choice of university was directly correlated to the career path I ended up in.
Just know that certain big companies have their favorite universities to hire from. They tend to pick most of their hires from a handful of universities. Each company has their own favorites. If you have a specific career path in mind, or company in mind , I'd suggest researching where most of their hires are from, in that region. Hope this helps!
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Jill’s Answer

I agree with previous comments made around target universities. Companies that do bulk recruiting from universities will have schools they partner with (typically based on data of success rate for students). This is more relevant at a graduate school level than undergrad, but is probably dependent on your major.
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