Sunday, September 19, 2010


I recently ran across a very interesting and informative article in the Wall Street Journal’s on-line edition. With jobs being in short supply today, our university and college graduates are finding it harder and harder to locate employment. At the same time, business is striving to improve its employee solicitation efficiency within the graduation pool. I suggest you take a look at the article.

While I am not a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, those of us who live in the vicinity of the famous campus hold this legendary institution in very high regard for its educational integrity, and not just its storied football prowess. I found it most interesting that Notre Dame ranked #22 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked #23 and were the two smallest in student bodies of the ranked schools.

Selfishly speaking I was proud to see my old school, the University of Illinois, ranked #3, and the fact that six Big Ten schools made the top 25 recruiting list, namely Penn State, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Interesting too was the notation by author Jennifer Merritt that reveals recruiters are shifting their attention away from elite private schools to focus on state universities.

Your Commander draws the conclusion that business recruiters have determined that they receive better results in employee value from these institutions of higher learning than the long highly touted elite private towers of learning. Surely any parent would be proud to have their child graduate from any of the fine schools listed in this report.

This article appears to suggest that you need not send your child to an expensive, Ivy League school to get a good job after graduation. Harvard, Yale, etc. do after all have failures in success. Once you have a job in your given field, the promotions, salary increases, etc. come with your own hard work!

Remember, the finest wine does not always lead to a satisfying dining experience.


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