How long before uni name doesn’t matter?

At junior level there is a big emphasis on uni brand name, but is it like this all the way through your career?

I imagine when you get to VP level for example people couldn't care less where you are from, and focus more on your work history.

Or does a no-name always come up short against a brand name when it comes to promotion or switching to an industry like PE?

I'm from a really no-name U.K. uni, currently working at a boutique, and am just wondering how long this shit will stick with me

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Nov 25, 2021 - 3:24pm

Honestly some (academically) shit-tier schools have social prestige (ASU, Bama, UCSB, UMiami, UMich, any big 10), so they're as "recognized" as top privates like ivies.

When I see a guy from a meritocratic top school (Stanford, MIT, Caltech) I think he's some antisocial geek who's just a code/math bitch. 

When I see a guy from a legacy/nepotism top private (Dartmouth, Wharton, USC) I think he's a WASP whose dad has a MASSIVE rolodex. 

When I see a guy from ASU/Bama/UMiami, I think he's some frat chad with amazing social skills, suited for front office roles even if he's mentally slow.

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Nov 24, 2021 - 5:07am

could u pls drop a few uni names so I know what range ur talking abt?

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Nov 24, 2021 - 7:03pm

jeez, judging by ur username looks like u played a bit too much FIFA to be in one of those unis lmao

Nov 24, 2021 - 10:44am

Not having a good brand name hurts in getting into the job market. This is something that I am actively trying to keep in my mind when I screen for interns - that Uni name does not matter if they have a good profile. However, if someone from my uni does apply its like a known commodity for me where there is a base assumption on the capabilities.

However, 2-3 years out if you're a solid performer no one will ask you about your Uni. A job is different from an internship. In a full time position what matters is "can you get shit done". If yes then no one cares where are you from. 

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Nov 24, 2021 - 7:27pm

Once you get to the VP and above level people don't really care. Which sucks if you went to Ivy but awesome if you went to a crap school. Your work experience becomes way more important as time goes on, don't sweat it.

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Nov 24, 2021 - 7:41pm

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