When choosing a university, how much do you care about its reputation?
People seem to stereotype some universities with certain courses which begs the question, how true are these claims?
For instance, KCA University is linked with producing the best graduates in the Accounting profession.
In another case, Kenyatta University is associated with being the best university to pursue education courses while Daystar University is perceived to be producing the best graduates in media and communications.
Moreover, students who have studied business courses at Strathmore University are perceived to be more marketable while those who have studied law at the University of Nairobi are given more recognition compared to other universities.
In that context, does the university reputation really matter and do employers prefer public or private universities?
On the subject, Fridah Abuya, a Human Resource Consultant at Virtual HR says that most human resource personnel tend to differ on the matter.
“This is because some recruiters may consider your potential rather than focusing on which university you attended,” she says.
“But the reality is that most recruiters would prefer a candidate from a public university.” She adds.
She further argues that some HR personnel do prefer public universities because of their reputation.
When evaluating a candidate for any position, what value do you place on the on the university attended?
In her own words, she says that, “As a human resource consultant, I would look at the individual and judge them based on their performance.”
“My criteria would be to look at a person’s qualification for the job and judge if they have the potential to produce maximum results,” she adds.
She is of the opinion that at the end of the day what matters is if you are able to put your four years of learning into practice.
Nancy Kang’ethe a Human Resource officer at the Africa Population Health Research Center (APHRC) says most companies are only interested in whether the university is accredited by the governing body.
“When doing the normal shortlisting and we come across a candidate with the required skills set but from a university that is not acknowledged all we do is conduct a reference check on the institution just to be sure.” she adds.
“Whether public or private, it does not matter much as long as you can do your job well,” she concludes.
What is your take on the matter? Do you think you discriminated in job interviews just because of the ‘reputation’ of your school of studies