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StaffEditorialsDoes It Matter Where You Went to School?

Does It Matter Where You Went to School?

Does the name of the school from which you graduated matter? Margaret Heffernan argues, No.

“What matters is who you are and what you’ve achieved outside … of an institution. The true test of a great employee … (is) their ability to see what is needed — in the company, in the market — without being told.”

She further argues that the United States is rapidly approaching a when the number of candidates with great degrees from great schools are plentiful — even over-supplied.

At the same time, conventional wisdom holds that different schools offer different kinds and levels of contacts to help with life after school. Even a cursory review of names on lists of alumni and positions in society that alumni hold indicates the kinds of contacts that students can expect to make at a school. These contacts can make life changing differences, limiting some and pushing others beyond their earlier expectations.


Layne Heinyhttp://www.layneheiny.com
LPH is a high school physics teacher interested in the Apple iPad and iPhone, Microsoft Surface, Tablet PCs, and other mobile devices. He resides with one large dog who begs for pizza, hamburgers, French fries, and anything else on the dinner table.

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