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    Interested to hear what people on here think of this scenario:

    Student A has a first class honours degree from a mid-ranking 'ex-poly' university (e.g. portsmouth) and took a placement year to gain some work experience in the field of the degree

    Student B also has a first class honours in the same degree, this time from a more highly rated 'red brick' university (e.g. Essex) but did not take a placement year and has no work experience

    Let's assume all other factors e.g. age, ucas points and interview skills etc are the same. Who is going to be more employable and more likely to get a place on a good graduate scheme?

    Any thoughts?

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    1) Essex is not a redbrick university.

    2) Depends on the employer. No one on this forum can answer this question, although I would never underestimate the power of a placement and relevant work experience in getting jobs with the 93% of graduate employers who do not care about the university someone attended.
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    Ditto Essex not being a redbrick. And ditto it depending on the employer. :mmm:

    If you take the example of me and my boyfriend, I'm at Manchester doing CS with Maths, he's at Staffs doing CS with a year in industry. He's almost certainly going to get a pretty-much-guaranteed job with the place he does his YinI with. I'm going to have to hunt, but I'll probs get a better job. :dontknow:
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    Essex is highly regarded :lolwut:
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    It depends on the subject and the job.

    If it's a job that requires specialized knowledge, and the degree teaches that knowledge, then work experience is less important than the strength of the department.

    If it's a job that's more interested in general transferable skills (e.g. 'teamwork'), then work experience is more important.
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    Am I right in thinking Essex is Anglia Ruskin?
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    (Original post by Pink Bullets)
    If it's a job that requires specialized knowledge, and the degree teaches that knowledge, then work experience is less important than the strength of the department.

    If it's a job that's more interested in general transferable skills (e.g. 'teamwork'), then work experience is more important.
    Not necessarily, no. You'll find that a lot of jobs that require specialised knowledge require a specific degree, and these specific degrees usually require "accreditation" from the respect professional body of that profession, meaning that all courses are of almost the exact same standard. Whereas some of the jobs that just want someone with a degree - usually a 2:1 or better - are a bit more selective; I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of the 7% of employers who do take the university into account are looking for someone with transferable skills, team work, etc.
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    Yes Essex was a poor example, your quite right it's not a red-brick!
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    (Original post by rylit91)
    Am I right in thinking Essex is Anglia Ruskin?
    No. Anglia Ruskin is a Poly that specialises in things like nursing and teacher training. Essex is a proper University built in the 1960s. It is a very good and underrated Uni- a member of the 1994 group and always in the top 40 or 50 (often higher).
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    (Original post by wickes)
    No. Anglia Ruskin is a Poly that specialises in things like nursing and teacher training.
    Plus history, geography, psychology, the creative arts.....

    Essex is a proper University built in the 1960s. It is a very good and underrated Uni- a member of the 1994 group and always in the top 40 or 50 (often higher).
    The 1960s? Anglia Ruskin can trace its history back 100 years before then making it older than some redbricks like Birmingham and only 20 years after Durham, UCL and KCL. It didn't appear out of nowhere in 1992.
 
 
 
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