Some of us have wanted to go to Harvard ever since we saw Elle Woods strutting her stuff there in Legally Blonde. That seemed like the perfect way to succeed, we thought, and a fancy pants Ivy League seemed like the only way to kick butt in the professional world.
Luckily for all of us who couldn’t fork over the big bucks for a school like that, studies are saying it’s not where you study but what you study that determines your ultimate career success.
Fast Company shared a recent study from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program that showed none of the top colleges (in terms of post-graduation financial success) were Ivy Leagues. Heck, some small liberal arts colleges even made the list.
The reasoning behind this phenomena was that students at those schools were more likely to pursue STEM careers. Because STEM is such a lucrative and high-yield field right now, graduates who got a degree in that area were much more likely to get good, high-paying jobs.
The takeaway here is that you shouldn’t despair if you’re at a state or community college right now — especially if you’re working toward a STEM career since you should have an easier time finding a lucrative job post grad. Even if you didn’t study it in school, there has never been a better time to get into coding.
How did college help you with your career? Tell us in the comments!
(h/t Fast Company)