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Do LAC graduates have as many job oppurtunities as their big school counterparts ?

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Replies to: Do LAC graduates have as many job oppurtunities as their big school counterparts ?

  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Remember that Grinnell is in Iowa, which may hurt its students when it come to getting jobs at top companies. It's not as likely that top companies are going to recruit in rural Iowa, an out of the way place in a state that's off the beaten track.

    Things would be different, however, probably for LACs like Macalester and Barnard (in a big city) and LACs that are near big cities such as the LACs in the Northeast.
  • bruno123bruno123 Registered User Posts: 1,390 Senior Member
    Just ask yourself which schools Google and Microsoft usually look at for recruiting purposes. The answer to your question should be obvious then.
  • monydadmonydad Registered User Posts: 7,746 Senior Member
    Recruiting is a business decision.

    You send someone out there if it seems probable that they are going to be able to interview a large number of highly qualified students who are interested in working for you.

    If the expense involved is greater- ie greater transportation expense, more time away from the office(short drive to get there vs. plane trip), fewer other campuses you can hit on the same trip- The rewards ( in the form of # of outstanding prospects) have got to appear greater to justify the trip.

    This does not mean that the recruiters don't think there are outstanding candidates at campuses that they don't visit. Just not in sufficient numbers to justify the expense of recruiting there, in comparison to other places where they've found their needs to be satisfactorily met.

    Students from the schools where the company doesn't visit often can still get jobs there. As I said, the company may recognize there are good candidates there, it's just that the recruitment cost/ benefit numbers don't work. In this case the burden falls on the student to find and pursue these opportunities. Which is what must frequently happen.

    All these people likely will eventually be employed, however with all the ongoing demands of school it is difficult, and expensive, to be leaving campus for extended periods to be marketing yourself to employers.

    Seems to me it is far preferable, from this particular perspective, to have lots of potential employers actually coming to your campus.
  • collegeprep11collegeprep11 Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    contact career development centers at shools you are interested and ask for job placement data. like i mentioned in my previous post, while big companies generally do not recruit at small schools in the middle of nowhere, they are aware of their reputation and will value their degrees more highly than some better known but not as rigorous state schools e.g. carleton vs. u minnesota, grinnell vs. u iowa or oberlin vs. ohio state. most likely your chance of getting a decent job after college depends on your school and working experiences. internship is important.
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