I don't entirely agree with RAS1187.
Yes - work ethic and attitude are important but when applying for your first job, I think where you attended school could be an important consideration.
Consider for example the explosion of "Le Cordon Bleu" culinary schools.
I know of one school that doesn't enforce standards regarding student attire, completion of assignments, punctuality, or basic mise en place. The result? Students are slovenly. They're late. They aren't prepared for class.
Come the end of the program and the time for students to find externships, local restaurants WOULDN'T TAKE STUDENT EXTERNS from this particular school. Why? The bad habits they picked up at school found their way into the workplace with disastrous results.
Having a degree from a bad school isn't a career killer as you can offset this by developing a positive track record ... but landing that first job when coming from a poor school can be challenging.