Jennifer’s heard the chatter about getting your degrees from different schools, if you’re getting more than one. Is it worth listening to?
I usually have a lot of input, but figured I would poll the troops.
I am finally graduating with my Associates in Business from American Military University with honors – WOOHOO. It looks like I will have a 3.8 graduating GPA providing the last two classes go as well as all the others.
Woohoo indeed! You get the double 1980s heavy-metal horns, which is the highest honor you can receive around here. \m/ \m/
With my hectic work related travel schedule and being the 40 something returning student,
Pshaw…there’s no way you’re over 39. NO WAY. 🙂
On-Line is the only way to go for me. 75% of my degree has been earned in various hotel rooms around the globe while juggling constant jet lag.
That’s pretty impressive. The only thing I ever accomplish in various hotel rooms around the globe is insomnia from watching “American Greed” on CNBC and weird European music videos on MTV Deutschland.
At the end of my education, I am looking to entrench myself in supply chain logistics/operations management.
I’m quite certain that’s a super-heavy growth field, so it sounds like you’re on a smart track. Can you promise me you’ll never sing that awful UPS “That’s Logistics!” song to the tune of “That’s Amore!” I thank you in advance. 🙂
Here’s the question…. Should I continue with the same school for my Bachelor’s or attend another school. Which will look best on a resume?
There is absolutely no big deal whatsoever about getting a bachelor’s from the same school you got an associate’s degree from. None. I mean, unless it’s some diploma meal, non-legit school to begin with.
You’re probably thinking of the argument that many people make which states you shouldn’t get your graduate degree from the same school you get your undergrad degree from. More on that in sec.
My current school offers a solid program in Transportation/Logistics and will accept some of my military acheivements, courses, and recognitions for college credit. This shortens the length of the continuing program as well as cost.
I like the sound of that.
Not all schools recognize military courses. Cost is very low at $250 per credit and all books are included. Another plus is that I can utilize Elective Credits to earn Certification for Homeland Security.
I see this added certification as a plus for any major Logistics Firm, shipping/receiving docks, airport terminals, etc. It would just fill out the resume along with my prior experience.
Yeah, I’m with you there.
Other schools have similar degrees in Operations Management that covers essentially the same core courses. I can easily choose similar electives, but they do not seem to offer this type of certification unless you take the certification program for a separate fee. Other schools have quoted from $400 – $580 a credit, books not included.
My first inclination is to stay with the school I received my associates because it makes financial sense. The school bent over backwards getting my a syllabus/materials in advance when I knew I would get slammed on the job so I could get a jump on the reading assignments.
Yeah, again — no worries whatsoever on doing the same school for an associate’s and a bachelor’s. None.
My only hesitation is how having two degrees from the same institution will look from the employers perspective. If I was looking at a resume, I would be scratching my head.
Eh, I disagree. Employers see a lot of strange stuff, and believe me, two degrees from the same institution doesn’t even crack the top 100.
But even that makes it seem like it’s a little strange, when really it’s not. Completely natural to follow up an associate’s with a bachelor’s from the same place.
Now let’s confuse this a little more … Between finishing up the Associates and starting the Bachelors I am knocking off my Six Sigma Green in a crash course 8 week program.
I have no idea what that is, but it sounds involved. (See, people, I could’ve just Googled it and bullshitted everyone and said, “oh yeah, excellent choice, Six Sigma Green, I personally endorse that,” yada yada. No college-advice columnist even comes close in admitting their shortcomings than yours truly!)
I can easily do this in the spring when I will not be traveling for work. I looked at Villanova’s program, but have heard really bad things about the company that administers the on-line training. Drexel actually dropped the company for tarnishing their reputation by not enrolling students in classes. So now I have concern with Villanova’s program because of the affiliation with this third party vendor.
OK — now I Googled it, and realize you’re talking about getting your Green Belt certification in Six Sigma. I’m not sure where you’re actually doing the 8-week program, but I’m guessing it’s Villanova, then?
Either way — I don’t know, I’m a risk taker, and I tend to think that when a company gets a public flogging and then lives through it, then you’re probably gonna be fine in the immediate aftermath of that flogging, since they’re probably minding their P’s and Q’s more carefully than ever before.
Now, this isn’t always sound logic — wouldn’t have helped you with Enron or WorldCom, for instance — but it works for me, usually, and I stick with it. So if it were me, I’d probably assume that the testing company is walking the line after getting dropped by Drexel and, I assume, losing a pretty big contract.
Would the Villanova name have more of an impact than say Apex Business School?
I’m not familiar with the Apex Business School. That doesn’t mean it’s no good, of course — it just means that I am familiar with a couple thousand schools at least, and this is not one of them.
Villanova is definitely one I’m familiar with, so yes, it may have a greater impact. However, you have to ask yourself whether the increased cost of a private school’s education is commensurate with that increased impact.
I can’t take the program through an institution where you need to present a “real project”. My employer is supportive of the education but will not assign the required project because of the classified nature of work I do. Talk about a catch-22. My only alternative is to take the certification that does not require the formal project, or allows a “dummy project” to be used.
Well, that’s a Catch-22 all right. Will either school let you use a dummy project? Obviously this will be a determining factor in which program you choose. Of course, it doesn’t sound like it’s required that you get the green belt certification now (or at all, although of course I see the employability appeal of it).
Back to the subject at hand, though — no, don’t worry at all about getting those two degrees from the same place. There’s a school of thought, as I mentioned earlier, that says you should go someplace different for your grad degree, so that you can grow intellectually by being exposed to a different set of people, ideas, communities, etc.
I’m not much on that theory, really. I understand its appeal, but its appeal exists in a vaccum. If you have unlimited time and money and no family responsibilities, then sure, knock yourself out. Trot the globe for your master’s, and then go to a third school for your doctorate.
It’s more for academic types than for people who want a job in the private sector. Private-sector employers care much more about your ability to do the job than how many differing environments you were exposed to while acquiring that ability.
And as I alluded to before, it’s not realistic or cost-effective for a lot of people to just pack up and move to a completely different place for a master’s degree — especially when a perfectly solid solution exists at their current school.
If you stay in the same place for a bachelor’s and a master’s, will it keep you from getting a job? In the private sector — not a chance. In academia — no, no chance there, either. You may get passed over some places, sure — those that really insist on the separate schools thing — but not everywhere.
Like everything else, you just have to weight it against your current circumstances and resources. But no, having multiple degrees from the same institution is absolutely NOT going to kill your chances of getting a job.
— Readers…any thoughts? Is it poison to get your grad and undergrad degrees from the same place? Is it an overrated issue? Let us know in the comments below.