Employers tell us the actual academic component of University education only accounts for a small percentage of graduate success. The dealmaker when it comes to obtaining your dream career is often the “extracurricular” experiences you have been exposed to. Therefore I have decided to write a series of blogs titled “What to Study and Where” to ensure your degree is complimented with the best possible industry exposure.
This concept came to me last week while chatting with a student in Kazakhstan. This particular future international student was looking for a career in mining engineering, with dreams of studying in London, UK. This got me thinking – sure, there are great options in London but surely mining engineering should be studied somewhere with close proximity to a buzzing mining industry? Therefore – finance, yes, marketing, yes… But mining in London, I am not so sure…
Many students (like the above) focus on location when it comes to selecting a University and for the majority the dream usually includes locations such as London, Sydney, New York and Toronto. I can 100% understand the rationale behind this thinking, as the perceived value of a London Degree, for example, translates to prestige, quality and success. Most importantly it means you don’t need to explain where the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is every time someone quizzes you on your international qualification. But did you know that NMT graduates enjoy starting salaries higher than Universities such as Duke, John Hopkins and Amherst!
So, how do you make a decision? Obviously you need to consider programme relevant ranking, facilities and a combination of academic and industry staff experience / links. However in this upcoming series of blogs I am going to look at proximity to active industry and graduate starting salaries in order to determine where you should study your degree!
As a Mining Engineering student inspired this blog, the logical first step is to provide recommendations on where to study Mining Engineering related courses so expect an action packed blog shortly!
Oh and speak up in the comments section if you would like a specific area of study covered in this series and I’ll do my best to factor it in.