Does It Matter Where You Go to College? No, and Here’s Why!
Does it matter if you graduate from college? Yes! Does it matter where you graduated from? Not usually.
Many would-be college students worry if getting a college degree from a nontraditional school is a great step forward … or just a waste of time. Are there any negative consequences down the line when it’s time to find a job? Will potential employers turn their back on your nontraditional, yet well-earned, college diploma?
These are good questions, so let’s look at a few factors when considering the worth of attending CollegeAmerica.
What Employers Are Looking for in a Job Candidate
More and more, employers are accepting of job candidates with a nontraditional degree. In fact, many employers may have earned one themselves!
The idea has become familiar, and many employers have had positive experiences with other employees who graduated from a nontraditional school. They have realized that adults, single parents, and older students who have successfully juggled school with the added responsibility of work and family are prime candidates for the job because these graduates have worked extra hard to achieve what they really want in life. These students are driven, good at stress management, and flexible … all of which are great qualities to have in an employee.
No matter which school is on your resume, the things employers are really looking for in someone they hire are:
- Real-life, hands-on experience
- Work-related achievements
- Problem-solving capabilities
- Great communication skills
- The ability to work well with others on a team
- Volunteer work
- Solid references
A well-rounded resume that features your experience, skills, and achievements, rather than a specific school name, is what an employer wants to see when flipping through a stack of applications.
Cost vs. Value
There are many things to consider when looking at the value of a school, but one of the most important is cost. When thinking about the cost of attending a traditional university, it can be staggering. This is especially true since only 19% of traditional university students complete their Bachelor’s degree within four years. The additional years to graduation sure get expensive. Plus, if the student drops out before completion, they have wasted years of paid tuition for nothing.
With CollegeAmerica, the focus is on value. By inviting nontraditional adult learners back to complete their education with year-round enrollment, accelerated courses, and flexible schedules, graduation comes much quicker. This not only keeps tuition costs down, but allows graduates to get to work in their dream career sooner. That’s why this educational model offers much more value for the money.
One of the main things to look for in a school to attend is accreditation. Having accreditation means that a legitimate authority (such as the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) has verified that the school meets certain educational standards and has the authority to issue degrees.
An accredited nontraditional college is considered to be just as good as other universities. If a potential employer isn’t familiar with the name of your school, a quick online search will verify accreditation and put their mind at ease.
The Successful Graduate
Who makes a successful student? One that graduates!
CollegeAmerica works hard to ensure that each student succeeds by offering affordable tuition and financial aid options, flexible schedules, supportive administration, and professional faculty who really care enough to help you prepare well for your career.
The American Educational Research Foundation has published a study that concluded:
who attended less selective institutions had more frequent interactions with faculty and engaged in more active and collaborative learning activities.”
The bottom line is that it doesn’t necessarily matter where you go to college because that alone doesn’t make you a successful graduate. However, if you attend a college that is a good fit for you, you will have a much better chance at graduating not only with a degree, but with a passion for your chosen career. Your passion for the work is exactly what an employer wants to feel from you during an interview and is what will set you apart from the rest.
If you’re ready to get on the path to success, request more information about CollegeAmerica’s degree programs today!