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    Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    I'm basically asking whether employers care about the uni you go to and your wam. I know that your wam has an affect but I know for a fact that unsw exams tend to be more difficult than other unis e.g. macquarie. Obviously higher difficulty exams mean lower wam and that's what I'm afraid will screw me over.

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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    are you sure unsw exams are more difficult than macquarie's?

    I transferred form macquarie to unsw and my wam at unsw is higher than what it was at macquarie in first year lol...
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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    Yh I'm fairly sure because my mate transferred from macquarie to unsw and he says that he went from getting 85+ down to 60s lol.

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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    no direct answer, depends on a case by case basis tbh, much more bigger factors to consider



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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    But how can you be fairly sure when there is evidence that the opposite can happen? i.e. in my case having a higher unsw wam than macquarie

    I have found the unsw exams a lot easier and requiring less study. But then again it's only commerce. Your friend might have done engineering or something
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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    Also to answer your question, most employers don't care about which uni you go to. But it is such a coincidence that every AC i've been to have been composed of at least 60-70% from unsw.

    Whether they care about wam will depend on exactly what role you're applying for. 70 wam is good for like 95% of roles out there
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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    Quote Originally Posted by DoYouEvenCheeto View Post
    I'm basically asking whether employers care about the uni you go to and your wam. I know that your wam has an affect but I know for a fact that unsw exams tend to be more difficult than other unis e.g. macquarie. Obviously higher difficulty exams mean lower wam and that's what I'm afraid will screw me over.
    Generally speaking, employers don't care about your university. There are some exceptions to this (MBB and IB), but most modern organisations are more interested in other areas of your CV. The reason this myth continues to remain is because most people who secure graduate roles are from prestige unis. However, this is mainly because prestige unis tend to attract stronger, more serious talent. For example, the ATAR cutoff for UNSW Commerce is around 95, compared to say 60 for Notre Dame. ATAR might not be the best predictor of future success, but it would be fair to argue that the cutoffs ensure that UNSW has a stronger cohort versus ND. Consequentially, UNSW students perform better than ND students by virtue of their ability alone, not the unis prestige. However, it should be noted that top organisations focus their recruitment efforts and campaigns at the prestige unis due to the stronger cohorts which also adds to the overrepresentation.
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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    If you think UNSW marks hard, you should feel about your usyd commerce or law people. Employers will be aware of this though.
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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    Quote Originally Posted by RishBonjour99 View Post
    If you think UNSW marks hard, you should feel about your usyd commerce or law people. Employers will be aware of this though.
    Are you sure employers will actually care about the difficulty in marking between unsw and usyd? Did they tell you this?
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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    pretty sure harder marking at certain unis is a complete myth. After all to retain accreditation they have to hold a certain standard.

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    Re: Do employers care about what uni you go to and your wam?

    Generally 70+ wams are to get your foot in for grad roles. Where you went to uni might help ypu fit into a team once you're there but imo has no bearing on your candidacy.

    At my workplace I'm looking for people who are focused, switched on and have a work hard play hard attitude. This will show up in an interview or a conversation.

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