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To what extent do connections determine your college success?


Replies to: To what extent do connections determine your college success?

  • TQfromtheUTQfromtheU Registered User Posts: 1,354 Senior Member
    I think we would find that parents who are professional in STEM fields are best able to give their children at-home educational support in STEM subjects and provide insight into those careers.

    Regarding connections, LinkedIn is a visual reflection of how connected people are, when they might not have ever purposely networked. The daughter who got a job through an older student is definitely connected.(I did the same for an internship.) In the US, we are lucky to be able to build beyond just family connections.
  • jdusterjduster Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    I do think there are a lot of valid reasons given by posters above. To clarify, I define a "connection" as a close friend or family member who has a respectable rank in a skilled industry. For example, if my dad owns a business or is a manager of a company branch, he can get me in the door for a skilled job as soon as I complete a 4-year degree. A connection does not have to be a rich person or a politician.

    I'm also not inferring that most 3rd+ generation white people are automatically richer than non-white people. However, if we look at perhaps the top third of 3rd+ generation white people, that is enough to skew the data.

    My main point here is that don't assume that an X% chance of getting a skilled job within a particular major means that you have an X% chance. If you don't have connections in the industry (or people who know people), then your chances are X - Y%.
  • jdusterjduster Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    @TQfromtheU This is true. My girlfriend's brother is currently in a full scholarship at a top 20 university as an exceptional mathematician in a very exclusive program and poised to make at $200k in his first job. His father was a both a STEM graduate and was well positioned in the education bureaucracy. He was both able to teach his son how to study math from a very early age and coached him on how to apply to colleges in depth. If he had a father who was simply a math teacher at a public middle school, he probably would've done well, but most likely not nearly as well.
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