For many international students, nothing is more satisfying than when their family back home actually recognizes the name of the school they fought so hard to get into. Famous colleges, such as those in the Ivy League, typically fit the bill.
Yale, Princeton, and Harvard are almost always given the seal of approval and are typically regarded as the pinnacle of U.S. universities. But an Ivy League degree doesn't guarantee a comfortable post-undergraduate life. More is required than just an Ivy League degree to land that dream job.
So, what can you do early on to set yourself apart in your future career? Here are 4 factors that you might want to consider.
1. Your likely field of work
Do you envisage yourself in Wall Street or managing a business? Perhaps you're a real tech genius or hope to become an astronaut one day.
Then, you might want to look into technical or specialized schools that might get your foot in the door. For instance, you might want to apply to New York University's Stern Business School instead of studying general economics in an Ivy League institution. Likewise, studying aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University could get you closer to that NASA gig than a degree in general engineering in the Ivy League. Companies want to employ you because you can do the job, not simply because you hold an Ivy League degree.
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