One of the common trend among the comments posted for the article I got Admit; What Next is the impact of school’s reputation in job search. Most of the students are still finding tough to make decision. You need to have the facts, do apple to apple comparison and select the university. If you don’t have all the facts and you are trying to compare Apple with Orange. I’m expecting this article will clear atleast one doubt – University Reputation and impact of finding job after graduation.
School Reputation vs Job Opportunities
- First – You should have done that research before applying to university, not after getting admission.
- Second – Reputation of the university matter, but most prospective graduate international students try to compare reputation of the schools where they have admit. Before doing the comparison try to understand the following facts
Lets divide all the universities in US into 3 categories based on Reputation (Good, Average, Low). Most likely you should have applied for admission based on3 categories
Equate Good, Average and Low to Ambitious, Moderate and Safe respectively.
Now, you have admission from few universities. Most of you are comparing the reputation of the university that falls within single group. It’s not worth comparing universities reputation and its impact on job search when they all fall in single category.
If you have admit from university that falls in Good and Average Reputation, then you MUST prefer that school.
University – Reputation vs Cost
Can you afford to pay very high tuition fees to get into better reputed school? Be realistic when making the decision. Plan for worst case. If the tuition fees in $57,000 per year. then plan for 2 years of fees. can you pay $114,000 to get that education?
If so, go for it. Don’t include the option of if I get Financial aid, I can manage. Don’t include that in the discussion. Can you afford to pay the worst case scenario fees?
If you cannot afford that, then find the next best school.
Job Search and Brand
You can get a job even if you study in Average and Low reputation school. Amount of effort you have to put to develop your skills will be more compared to reputed school. Since the school doesn’t have the brand name, you have to develop a brand for yourself.
Stop comparing reputation of the school between same category and start doing some research atleast before selecting the university. Since, you applied to schools without much research. you were too much consumed in selecting schools where you will get admission, rather than looking at the bigger picture. Thats the price you have to pay, when deciding the univeristy.