LinkedIn has released its list of top schools for those looking to “land design jobs.” Carnegie Mellon University topped the list at #1. Among its cohorts are New York City’s School for Visual Arts and the Art Center College for Design in LA.
LinkedIn says that it used millions of alumni profiles to see how different programs were stacking up around the world within any given field.
“First, we identified the top companies where designers are choosing to work. Next, we found people on LinkedIn who work as designers and saw where they went to school. Finally, for each school, we found the percentage of these alumni who’ve landed design jobs at these top companies, then compared the percentages to come up with the list.”
LinkedIn plans to use this system for more than just the design career track. They begin by identifying desirable companies for each profession, and use the career choices of their member profiles to determine those desirable companies.
“We define desirable finance jobs as finance jobs at companies desirable for finance professionals,” says Navneet Kapur, who wrote a blog post on LinkedIn’s website describing the process.
Kapur writes that LinkedIn “now [have] both pieces of the puzzle: the graduates who are relevant to a particular profession, and the desirable jobs for that profession.”