Girl #1: "Yeah, she (her friend) was really pissed she didn't get into Keele or Leeds, BUT at least she's not going to Wolverhampton!"
Girl #2: "I know. I think she (her friend) would be so embarrassed if she ended up at Wolves. How mortifying!"
I immediately felt sorry for their naivety given that, by their reactions, they had never set foot in on the campus, but their conversation got me thinking: Does anyone care about grades or where you went to college?
Granted, Wolverhampton is not a "red brick university." It wasn't even considered a university until 1999 when Wolverhampton itself became a city, but it invests in its students passionately with its graduate internships, student exchange program, graduate after care (of up to three years of graduation) and being the only funded university in the United Kingdom to help graduates from every university in a 100 miles find work when undergraduates are struggling. The lecturers are incredibly passionate about what they do and drive their students to succeed with employment rates as high as 98 percent over all departments.As a recent graduate from The University of Wolverhampton, in which I received a Second Class degree, I have been on hundreds of job interviews over the past six months and have never been questioned about it, so the conclusion I came to is no. As a job seeker, I have never been judged for my place of study or my grade point average. In fact, prospective employers have complimented me because I attended a local university instead of traveling hundreds of miles away.
Regardless of where you study, a lesser degree than a first is worth its weight in gold because, although you really have to sell yourself to prospective employers, you may have had to accumulate more work experience than someone who received a First Class degree for her tireless efforts. I think that, should you chose to study at what Americans would refer to as a "good school" (i.e., Harvard, Oxbridge, Yale, etc.), then expect some stigma if you feel pressure to live up to its expectation and image.
Academically, however, you can do well anywhere. You just don't need to be so naive about your school situation; otherwise, you may end up like the girl being spoken about on the bus by her friends and not getting into any of the schools of your choosing but one you may consider "mortifying."