/ Asked by Amel
From the perspective of an employer looking to hire recent graduates, what would be your opinion on 3-year accelerated college programs? 
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, June 18, 2018
This is a good question. A couple of thoughts come to mind; it shows a good deal of commitment and passion to get into the workforce, as well as good prioritization and time management skills as long as you are able to carry a high GPA. On a resume, however, you don't usually see how long a student is enrolled in college, only the date of graduation, so you would likely be considered the same as the others in the process. If you can do it, that is fantastic, but it is not something that we look for specifically. Best of luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Sunday, June 24, 2018
Typically a job description will reference expectations in that area.  If a company is looking specifically for a 4 year accredited University Bachelors or Masters, they are probably going to be that specific.  If they are just looking for a completed degree, then you will be listing year and degree obtained, the speed with which you do it won't be relevant. 

If you have an opportunity to go to a career fair hosted by your school or in your industry of interest, that is a great question to ask directly of a recruiter for the company you want to work for.  Different companies are going to have different expectations. 

Good Luck!
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Friday, August 10, 2018
You will get varying views on this one. Some will say it doesn't matter because employers just want to know if you can do the work. Others, like yours truly, would see a high value in your having completed an accelerated program. It shows you have drive and a lot of intellectual energy. Those are two very important attributes (besides many others) for your career journey. Consider that it takes the average college student about six years to finish, so your doing an accelerated program says a lot.

However, some employers will want to also know how you balanced the energy you dedicated to finishing your academic work. For example, I did a project with a company that specifically wanted to know that their candidates--recent college grads--were active outside of the classroom. This company wanted candidates who had strong leadership, communication, and collaborative skills. So, we targeted student athletes, student government leaders, Greeks, etc. So, it is a positive that you completed such a program but I also believe that having had balance will make you a stronger candidate.

Good luck!
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