Here in USA I currently work as an IT Consultant at a large Massachusetts-based retailer. Looking at the demographics of the IT personnel, about 50% of them are from India. The vast majority of these have a degree from some Indian University (such as University of Lucknow) that an average American has probably never heard of.
Besides that we have some random people from Europe and some of these have a degree from a university located in Antwerp or Tampere.
So here in America we also have this mentality (or maybe this is just an impression that marketers or Hollywood likes to promote) that investing into a degree from some high end University (e.g. MIT, DeVry, etc.) is better for ones career than some lesser known University (say, University of Oklahoma).
But looking at what kind of people are doing the IT work, and where their degrees are from, I am curious to know whether there is much difference?
Here I would define "IT work" as all work dealing with the "server side" support of a large enterprise, including (but not limited to):
- Software development (COBOL, Java, C#)
- Enterprise architecture
- Administration of server farms
- Enterprise security (maintaining, configuring, planning security architectures)
Above categories are all examples of IT work where the demographics are as explained earlier.
How much value do HR people put in a degree from a prestigious university, as opposed to some less known American (or European, or Chinese) university?
(This question is of interest especially considering the cost of studies at some more prestigious university in USA vs. some of the other universities.)