MissyJRA177 wrote:Thanks for your reply and I appreciate that you weren't necessarily talking about Vandy when you posted originally. Is it fair to say being local/regional to Nashville would mean being from TN, AR, MS, GA, LA, AL, TX(?), NC, SC, or KY? If this definition for the region is used, not even 50% of the class of 2011 had ties to the area, ~50% reported employment outside of the region after graduation (90% reporting) and indeed, only abut 25% were employed in TN. So I can see that getting a job in Nashville is competitive, or maybe there's fewer people interested in staying? Either way, since about 50% of Vandy grads are not from the region and 50% find employment outside the region, it seems fair to say Vandy is not a heavily "regional" school (Source: 2012 Vandy pamphlet, no direct link sorry).
Being local to Nashville (or any other insular secondary city) means being from that city or close to that city. Being from Texas or somewhere else in the south does not make one a Nashville local, if that's what you were trying to say. But yes, you are correct that Vandy is not specifically a "regional" school. It has strong placement throughout the southeast, and can land people in markets like D.C. and NYC, or back to other markets where they came from.
Do keep in mind though, when you see that a lot of people at X School come from another region and then find employment outside of X School's region, this often (maybe usually?) is the result of the person getting a job where they had pre-existing ties. For example, if you went to Vanderbilt and were from say Florida, your best shot of getting an NLJ firm job is probably going to be back in Florida, or in a market that isn't so insular (like NYC, or maaaaybe Atlanta).* Pretty much wherever you go, your best odds of getting a big firm job are going to be 1) the market where your ties are (particularly in the narrow sense of the city you are from, and less likely in the region you are from), 2) a big and not-so-insular market (think NYC, D.C., etc.), and a distant 3) the market where you go to school, but lack pre-existing ties to. Hope that makes some sense.
*Yes, I know there are plenty of anecdotal exceptions to this (and I am actually one of them), but it is a decent general rule.