They Make Your CV Stand Out
The job market is becoming increasingly competitive, anything that can help you stand out when applying for jobs is beneficial.
Employees have an idea of what it takes to get into a prestigious university. The ability and dedication required to simply be accepted into these universities are impressive, and the knowledge and application required to achieve a first or second class degree are equally outstanding. Employers know this.
As we covered earlier in this article, the establishments with the highest employability rates worldwide are almost all prestigious universities, further supporting this fact.
The Standard of Lecturing and Teaching is High
Students at the top six universities in the United Kingdom and the USA all achieve significantly higher results than those at the universities directly below them. This further cements the fact that they are deserving of their reputation as the best universities in the world.
Lecturers at these universities are often highly experienced and possess a long list of academic achievements and accolades, as well as plenty of anecdotes and knowledge to share with their students.
Just check out the percentage of firsts and 2:1s awarded at Oxbridge universities:
|Institution||% of firsts||% of 2:1s||% of firsts and 2:1s|
|University of Oxford||33.9%||59.9%||93.8%|
|University of Cambridge||33.5%||58.1%||91.6%|
You Make Amazing Connections
"It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” is a bit of a cliché, and recent studies have shown that it is less true now than ever; that being said, attending a prestigious university introduces you to some very useful people.
Getting your first job after university is tough, but the internship and work experience opportunities that can be offered to you whilst attending a prestigious university go some way to making it simpler. Many students at prestigious universities are introduced to future employers or business partners whilst there.
Simply pointing out that prestigious universities are prestigious seems a little futile, however, it’s worth mentioning again.
Prestigious universities are regarded as such because they are difficult to gain acceptance into, only accepting the most able and intelligent applicants every year. This means that attending one at all is impressive, helping you stand out from the crowd.
So, Does Going to a Prestigious University Actually Mean Anything?
In short – yes. It improves your chances of success in your studies, it improves your employability, and it allows you to make potentially life-changing connections with people.
However, its level of impact does depend on a few things. The subject and career you want to go into impacts the importance of the university you choose. Many top law firms in the UK and USA only accept applicants from certain institutions.