Does a college name matter to future employers?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses whether or not the name of your college matters to future employers.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: How important will the name of the college I attend be to future employers?

    Jerome Cole: I personally as a college Counselor, in today s environment, I don t think it is going to be very important at all. There are two primary reasons. I think that today, for most young people who have aspirations to go into a particular career field, profession what have you, you are going to have to do more than just undergraduate. You are going to have to go on to graduate school. So, I tend to think that where you go for graduate school is a little bit more important.

    The second issue, second factor for me is, I believe that potential employers are going to be looking at what you have done on your college or university. They are going to be looking at the courses that you have taken, how well you have performed in those courses and more importantly, what did you do on campus outside of the classroom? Did you take advantage of the internship opportunities? Did you travel abroad? Those types of things, that is what is going to hold appeal to potential employers more so, than the name of a school. Not that the name is not important, but I think there is probably an overemphasis today by young people and parents to some extent being placed on the name of the school as opposed to what my student does when he or she goes to that university?