…impressing a future employer with a diploma(only). My personal view on the topic is quite extreme (although I know that all extremes are harmful), but that is probably coming from my experience as both student and someone who teaches university students. My opinion is that diploma does not mean anything! I mean seriously! I really (if I am the employer) don’t care whether someone is coming from Sofia University or Cambridge. I just don’t! The only thing that I (and the business) care is how this person can win me money. And yes – that’s sound a bit rude, but… get over it, because that is how things work in the real world!
I have recently been in a discussion whether or not it actually matters which university you are coming from and I recalled an interview that I have held recently (asked for that chance and got it – great experience for me, btw!) for our team. The candidate had graduated from one of the best universities in UK(seriously, he was!), but we (me and my manager) were searching for a SQL Server DBA. Personally, I do not care where people have graduated, I care and I asked for SQL Server related skills (because again – that is what will win our company money). That can easily be confirmed by one more thing – the time I spent on both things – where the candidate graduated from and the questions related to the actual job. If I can remember correctly it was something like a minute for candidate’s university experience and 30 or 40 in deep, technical, SQL Server stuff! So, you think that something unrelated (that much) to the job, discussed for a minute is important in comparison to the 30 minutes spent on the real stuff? Think again.
Why I am writing this is because I get too emotional when someone starts to argue with me about university degrees, which place is better and which not and how important this is for your future job. People, please. The only thing the recruiters and the people that will be interviewing you care is whether you can do the job, whether you CAN DO STUFF. Focus on that, present it in a great way, prove your knowledge and expertise and remember that this is what matters, not your Stanford’s degree…
By the way – the candidate got the job! 🙂