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Type of College

By quaribc ·
type of college
I know there are a lot of college kids in here asking questions about the value of a degree. I know that a degree is great, but my question is does it really matter what college the degree comes from?

I know getting a degree from MIT or CalTech would put me on a different altogether, but I was wondering more on a small time schools. There is a school in my area that's akin to Univ of Phoenix. You know for working adults. I wanted to attend that University and finish my BS in Computer Information Systems and Internetworking (double major).

When it comes to finding work and the HR department does it matter on what school I went to? Thanks.

PS: I know I posted this in the Network Admin area, but that was a mistake.

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by Jaqui In reply to Type of College

better to talk to the companies around your area.
what schools diploma do they prefer to see in a cv?

it changes in every city.

major universities and colleges are far better than any other degree.
the night school/business school is really not worth it, most of the time.
these schools are a business, aimed at making money by selling as many people as possible on getting educated there, not on getting thier students educated.

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Yes it matters

by jdmercha In reply to Type of College

I agree with what Jaqui has posted. But there are many good quality schools that may not be familier names. The most important thing is to make sure that the school is accredited by the state.

I myself got a BS from one of those Colleges that does not hold any classes themselves. But the school was fully accedited by the state of NJ. I did find that although I had a BS it was not as well respected outside of NJ where nobody had heard of it. But it did allow me to enroll in an MS program at an internationally recognized university.

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it is accredited in VA

by quaribc In reply to Yes it matters

the school is in VA and my plan was to either go to a recognized MBA or MS program later down the line. I've got the IT skills as a developer but need to improve my networking skills a little.
besides this university is cheaper than some Universities with in-state tuition in VA.
I'm still not sure yet.

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by jdmercha In reply to it is accredited in VA

If you plan to stay in VA, then this plan should be fine.

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It doesn't matter

by amcol In reply to Type of College

There are approximately 3,500 colleges and universities in the US. With the exception of about 50 of them you get about the same quality education in all of them.

At the undergraduate level having a marquee school on your diploma doesn't really help very much. There's an old, old truism that's still true doesn't matter where you get your bachelor's degree from as much as it does that you have one, and it doesn't matter that you have a master's degree as much as it does where you get it from.

It can actually hurt you. I know of many companies that won't hire people from schools like Stanford, Dartmouth, or Columbia because they figure the candidates are really looking to get into investment banks or technology start-ups, and are just looking for a place to park themselves until something "better" comes along.

As a matter of fact, there's an interesting new educational trend developing the last five or seven years. Parents have figured out that little Johnny and little Janey spend the first two years of whatever college they attend just taking liberal arts prerequisite classes. Why do that at an expensive four year university? Mom and Dad send Johnny and Janey to a two year J.C., then have them transfer to Harvard or Yale to finish up. Nice way to save a lot of money.

The University of Phoenix is a good alternative only if you have no other alternative. The jury's still out on how valuable distance learning is for earning college degrees. As a hiring manager, that's one of the few questions I'd have in looking at a candidate's credentials.

Get your undergrad anywhere you want. If you want to stand out, get a graduate degree from a name school and in a discipline other than IT. I wouldn't waste time pursuing an MS in any technology program unless you want to teach. Get an MA or an MBA.

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About 90%

by jdmercha In reply to It doesn't matter

I would agree with most of what you have said. But I have come accross a job applicaiton that listed about 200 Colleges on it. If you didn't get a degree from one of them then they would not hire you.

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It depends

by breathing98 In reply to Type of College

Usually when you apply for a large company it matters. Grades are important too. Plus the networking connections(alumni) you make while going to school are critical these days.

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Not really

by amcol In reply to It depends

There are very, very few large companies that care what institution awarded your undergraduate degree. Frankly, those that don't want to work for.

Thinking this way perpetuates the notion that the degree is a necessary credential. It generally is, but that's not the point. You go to college not to get a couple of letters after your name but to gain knowledge, experience, and a logical thought process, to grow as a human being and take your first steps into mature adulthood. If you're going to college simply because you view it as another cert, don't waste your time and money.

Grades are another fallacy. There are some companies that will ask about your GPA for entry level jobs, but that's because as a newly minted grad you don't have any experience to be judged by. On the other hand, if you've been smart enough to take internships or even work your way through school, or have gone back to school after working for a few years, grades take an extreme back seat. And once you've been in the workplace a year or two and have some experience under your belt, no one cares at all about grades.

I agree with you about the alumni connections, but that's typically something a lot more important (and useful) at the graduate level. Everyone should maintain a relationship with the alumni office of wherever you went to school...they often have all kinds of connections and services you can use to your advantage throughout your entire working life.

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i am working through school

by quaribc In reply to Not really

I've been in retail since I was 16, now 22, and have worked as a supervisor for 4 of those years in 2 differenct places and get hired at nothing less than supervisor position in whenever I look for work.
Working through school is hard enough, so I wanted to know about the significance of the type of school in relation to getting work in the IT industry.
It makes sense though. I guess experience does count. That's what I have heard all over the place. Well hopefully my hobby as a web designer can turn into actual work later down the line. Here's keeping my head up.

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Stay the course

by amcol In reply to i am working through scho ...

You have two of the most important qualities to be successful in IT, or in any profession...positive attitude and work ethic. Keep doing what you're doing. You're on the right track, and you'll be all right.

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