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Woo Study Reveals that Top-tier Universities Aren’t Synonymous with High Technical Proficiency

The latest analysis from Woo, a platform connecting passive candidates with companies, analyzed education levels and years of experience of highly qualified candidates and discovered that graduates of lower-tier universities, such as state universities, had a broader and deeper range of technology skills.

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According to The “Woondex” analysis:
• 91.5% of tech pros from tier 2 or lower schools had nine or more skills, such as Java, Angular.js, AI, etc.
• Only 8.5% of tech pros from top-tier schools had similar skill sets
 
The numbers were similar for candidates with fewer skills: 
• 89% from the tier 2 or lower-tier schools
• 11% from the top-tier schools 
 
In general, the fewer years of advanced education, the more practical skills a tech professional has. Almost 40% of people with bachelor’s degrees had nine or more skills, while only 18% of master’s candidates had similar skill sets and 2.9% of PhDs had nine or more skills. 
 
The one area in which graduates of higher-tiered schools had a significant difference – their salary expectations were 20.5% higher. They wanted $148,779 as compared to $123,506. 
 
“Our analysis demonstrates very clearly that while having a bachelor’s degree is critical to success, the place where it was earned should not be weighted as a key criterion for screening,” says Liran Kotzer, CEO of Woo. “Meanwhile, top-tier graduates seem to leverage the name of their school to demand significantly larger salaries.”
 
To get more of the Woondex reports and find out more about Woo, visit woo.io.  
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