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Would going to a larger college help me get a job after college or would it make it harder?

I feel like if I go to a larger college it will be better known and I will have a better chance at getting a job. But I could be wrong. #college #jobs #future #success

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John’s Answer

The size of the college you attend is not going to matter as much as what you do while you are there, and the name brand the college carries with it. There is truth that the larger the university, the larger the potential network of alumni that could help you land a good job. However, if it is just a mediocre school, you are going to have to search a lot harder to find the alumni that are in a position to give you that good job.


Instead of thinking about how large a school is, do some research and see how strong the alumni network is, and how much of a 'brand' name the university carries with it. Go to a school where you can work the alumni network from an early stage (summer internships/jobs, work-study programs for credit, co-op programs, etc) and this will help you much more than just how many people attended the school while you were there. As you will learn, landing a job after college (or even now!) is all about networking.


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Thank you comment icon This is really interesting and helpful, thanks! Sage K.
Thank you comment icon Thank you John! This is really interesting! I'm glad to know this now. Martina P.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Martina:

Great question! I agree with John's comments to do some research and see how strong the alumni network is, and how much of a 'brand' name the university carries with it. I also recommend that you research the College Alumni Association and see how you could get plugged in to an internship, summer job or work study program. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Martina,

The size of a college or its reputation is generally not going to get you a job, unless that school is one that is well known in a particular area. Even then, that is a small minority of professions. I would say that you would best benefit from getting a diploma in an area where you can be the best version of yourself. You should focus on studying something that you are passionate about or have a particular skill or interest in. After you have been working for a while, a college degree can support you getting a job but your work experience and expertise are really what is going to get you the job of your dreams.

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