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Does the college you attend affect your job prospects?


Thursday, October 24, 2013

During their college search, students need to consider a number of factors when sizing up potential colleges. These include location, size of school, cost, majors, and the school's reputation. In today's job market, more and more students are choosing colleges based on the belief that employers look more favorably on graduates from high profile, selective schools. However, a college's reputation alone is rarely the sole determinant in potential employers' hiring decisions.

In fact, students who are concerned that not attending an Ivy League school will put them at a disadvantage during the post-graduation job search may want to worry a little less, according to some industry experts.

Ford Myers, author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," told CBS MoneyWatch that employers realize bright and capable students do not always have the chance to attend the country's top colleges.

"It's better to hire a graduate from a B-level college who had an exceptional academic record, as compared to hiring a graduate from an A-level college who had a mediocre or poor academic record," Myers told the news source.

Rather than spending time worrying about how their college's reputation will affect their chances of landing a job, students should focus on maintaining good grades and making the most of their collegiate experience by joining clubs, getting internships and networking with alumni. They can also work on developing the types of skills that employers value.

Based on recent data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies value employees who understand teamwork, can solve problems, organize their work and communicate well.

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