Program, name of college may contribute to job success

It’s exciting to make your post-graduation plans in hopes that you will land that dream job and start making some real money. You can actually stop living off of Ramen noodles and cereal and you can also invest in a new car.

Sounds like plans for a sweeter life right? So you have started dressing for success and you have made job searching your official nine to five until you get hired. But how fast could you get hired? Is that firm “you’re hired” handshake riding on the name of the college in which you attended? Could the college name on your degree actually help or hinder your job pursuit?

According to a 2010 article by Jason Katz, an independent college counselor, the name of a college can affect job success.

Katz said Ivy League colleges are viewed in America as the best and are called a designer education. Therefore, graduates of Ivy Leagues automatically have a winning chance in the job market.

I agree. Not only does a college name help, but also the program the graduate was in can assist.

Most colleges have programs that are so distinctive and have built a strong reputation. Florida A&M is known for its business, pharmacy and journalism programs.

According to Boston Globe’s January 2010 article about college admission, a college name is not as important as your academics. Your GPA carries is more important to employers rather than the college you attended.

As reported by, a 2005 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers revealed that 70 percent of employers screen applicants based on their GPA.

In the job pie, I think the college you attend will only help you 10 percent. A quarter of your job success is based on your GPA and the remaining is based on a combination of work experience, character and professionalism.