THE QUESTION

State U. beats the Ivies

The Wall Street Journal says big U.S. companies, when hiring for entry-level jobs, are picking bachelors' degree graduates of big state universities over Ivy Leaguers and other grads of more elite schools. Many recruiters said they need people with practical skills, rather than a more liberal-arts background. Would you take the same approach? Do you think your school prepared you well for whichever form of success you sought? In the long run, does it matter what you studied in college, and where you went?

Posted by Success Editors on September 27, 2010 12:00 AM
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State U. worked for me

As a virtue of their size, state universities have a range of opportunities and resources that simply do not exist at smaller schools, but few come with a road map of how to take advantage of them.

Posted by Michael J. Berland, on September 27, 2010 9:08 PM

What, not where

For job stability and empowerment, you really do need to go to college. But do you need to go to the most prestigious or most expensive one you can afford? Clearly not.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on September 27, 2010 4:04 PM

Educated idiots

Where you went to school is not as important as actually being worth the money they are paying you at your entry-level position.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on September 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Give me a break!

The Wall Street Journal dismisses critical reasoning as a 'soft' skill. Huh? Critical reasoning is the foundation skill for professional success. The specific skills needed in any job will change many times, and critical reasoning is the ability to 'figure stuff out' long beyond classroom days.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on September 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Skills, not schools

As a recruiter, what I would want to know is not where you went to school, but why you went there and what you got out of it.

Posted by Nell Minow, on September 27, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

rusty3: I'll take someone from a good honors program at a state university--you get the talent, without the attitude....

tboyer33: You have to keep in mind, the recruiters are hiring individual kids, not the student body as a whole. They're not hiring the TYPICAL kid of ...

askalaban: In an age where resumes are scanned by AI text mining algorithms (of various quality), hard skills will get you in the door. Soft skills wi...

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