Yale Vs Oxford
I know in some cultures this is a big issue this was certainly my case while growing up. There’s a sigma of status attached to this for some. I come from an African culture where education is at a premium at the Top Of Your To Do List. There was no way I was going to make it out alive if I didn’t pursue university for a degree as one of my future goals and plans no matter the cost.
But In today’s society is going to one of the Top Universities a guarantee ticket to a front seat role at of one of the top fortune 500 companies?
I was doing some research online on this and many seem to think that employers don’t really care anymore. What do you think?
I suppose the first question we should ask is why should people go to university if it doesn’t guarantee them a job at the end of it?
Here are some answers I found online by others to this question:
“The best answer is that University/College allows you to have a better foothold when compared to others applying for jobs. If no one else that is applying for a job has attended a University, then you would more than likely be selected over your counterparts (in most corporate-level circumstances). But, the new situation in the United States (America) is that everyone sees this as being the issue, so people who never attended college are now going back to get Bachelors (Undergraduate) degree. So in the United States (America), a Masters (Graduate) degree is the new Bachelors.
I once had a Business professor tell me that if I could make more money without having to attend University/College, then I should definitely drop out. And he was right. If the possibility of staying in University/College could hurt your ability to profit in the long-run, then you should drop out. Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) did. But my recommendation is to stay in, unless you have a project that will make you the next Billionaire University/College Dropout”.
“No reason at all if all you want from going to uni is a guaranteed job at the end of it
However If you want to further your education and knowledge then its a must
(unless of course that “knowledge” consists of a course in the
“mickey mouse” degrees)”
In reality, though, there are a group of universities – often belonging to the Russell Group or 1994 Group – that ask for high entry requirements for students, are often seen as being more prestigious and whose grads tend to take the lion’s share of employment in some industries.
If you don’t go to one of those universities, then (let’s be honest) some recruiters might not look at you unless you have something outstanding – like you can walk on water in your spare time oh and outstanding work experience – to show them.
Not all employers think like this anymore, though. And with more and more students choosing universities for different reasons like to cut costs by living at home and with mum and dad and studying locally employers have to cast their net more widely to attract talent. Other employers are good at establishing links with universities that specialise in their field, or are located nearby (which is why it’s worth thinking about where a university is situated – you might end up there longer than you think).
What’s a Really Good job Any Way?
Well let’s also not worry too much about what a ‘good job’ actually means because for some of us am sure will have different answers like one that pays well for others, it might be a job that allows you to be creative, or one that inspires you, or a company that has a social conscience at its core values – or all of the above.
Let’s try to look at what employers think of different university choices. You only have to look at the data for graduates leaving universities to see that the most prestigious universities – the ones that ask for the highest grades to get into its campuses have the lowest average unemployment rate, and for those who do get jobs, more graduates get jobs considered to be graduate employment.
Graduates from unis with the highest entry requirements – those usually asking for AAB or above at A-level – had an average unemployment rate after six months of 6.8%, against 8.5% overall, and about three quarters who got jobs, got graduate level jobs – against about 65% overall.
The other side of the Story
Not all graduates from these universities enjoyed immediate employment success, though – in 2011, even some graduates with first-class honours degrees were working in supermarkets after six months. Not many, of course, and that don’t mean they’ll always be there. Or, they might end up as the manager, earning a high salary!
On the other hand, most graduates at universities lower down the league tables have jobs after six months, and most with a graduate-level one. So it’s perfectly possible to get a good job whatever university you go to if you work at it.
Would like to hear your thoughts on this one…..