Are you dreaming of working in Google? How about in Facebook. Your best bet would be to go to a public university – a particular university that the Silicon Valley favors the most.
A report from the employment data firm HiringSolved says that The University of California, Berkeley produced more graduates that were able to get a job in the top 25 companies in Silicon Valley compared to other schools. And for the record, it was not the only public university that was included in the top 10 list. What’s more surprising was that only three private universities made it to the cut – Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Southern California. The top 10 are as follows:
- University of California, Berkeley
- Stanford University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Southern California
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- San Jose State University
- University of California, San Diego
- Arizona State University
Similarly, most of those that made it to the top 20 were public schools. The only Ivy League institution that was made it to the cut was Cornell University at the 15th spot. According to a 2014 data from LinkedIn, Stanford graduates are drawn to jobs in Google while Apple has many employees that are San Jose State graduates.
The trend of hiring graduates from state schools rather from the elite universities is a clear indication that companies are now considering skills rather than over name recognition during the hiring process.