University Is Not For Everyone

A man I am acquainted with and I were having a dialogue/argument about higher education's real import only a while back. We both came from conflicting standpoints. He along with a load of his dearest friends have secured positions in businesses where it is not required to possess a degree so he was reasoning that university is a waste of time. From my point of view, I am of the opinion that a degree is truly a requirement to find work in specific businesses; in my case, science. The chat kept coming back to a handful of crucial factors, and these are:

"Uni is pricey and there's no surety that you will be given a job once you accomplish your degree, while if you sign up for an apprenticeship you will be paid to train. So if the typical university degree demands 3 years full time to accomplish then a university graduate would be economically 3 years behind someone who's just completed an apprenticeship over a similar amount of time and that isn't even taking the price of tuition in to account."

Uni might be expensive, however, for the duration of my degree I participated in work experience and paid casual employment that was applicable to my eventual job which not only offered me a bit of spending money but bolstered my probability of being employed as soon as I had graduated. You also possess the opportunity to network with prospective employers at university; 'it is not what you know, it's who you know', as they say.

My significant other finished her degree without needing to acquire student loans by simply taking on seasonal work. I on the contrary did have a few debts to settle which caused a smaller salary to start with but it was under 5 years before I had my loans settled and by that stage my pay had increased over twofold since graduating so I did not think myself behind in any case.

You just need to select your degree astutely, if you wish to improve your probability of acquiring work following graduation. Obviously, not all unis are created equal, and you can say the same of degrees, too. Too often I am privy to tales of students who end up working in fields that are in no way related to their degree because their specific field offer too little job prospects. Fields which are are in strong demand ought to be your focus. I studied Information Technology and didn't feel as worried about finding a placement after university in comparison to many of my fellow graduates in arts degrees.

"For many courses the curriculum is too broad and not on par with industry requirements and by the time you have acquired your degree what you've studied is already out of date."

What was covered in the curriculum was not the only thing that I gained from university. Not only did I boost my computer expertise with the empirical learning, my communication skills were polished, too. Five years later, I may just be making use of 5% of the things I studied at university, but with the incessantly progressing benchmarks and technologies of the IT sector, that isn't at all surprising.

"University is demanding. Numerous folks disliked studying in school and aren't eager to subject themselves to much of that stress and anxiety."

Of course, hard work is demanded at university, but to be able to do well, we should put a bit of pressure on ourselves. Despite this, one my life's finest experiences is attending uni. Running around like a headless chicken on campus is among my most cherished recollections up until the present. I met so many great folks, plenty of whom I'm still friends with today.

Ultimately, the choice to attend university needs to focus on what is best for you. Make sure that you possess the right reasons for doing so. Going to uni because your parents told you to, or because all of your peers are going are not appropriate reasons. Your indecisiveness shouldn't be a huge aspect in your choice either. Not knowing what else to do is not a reason to go to university. Taking a sabbatical is a better option, if you're uncertain. Get a job and put money away, then you can enjoy yourself by taking a vacation abroad. You will actually discover what you truly want to do by taking a little time off for soul-searching. Another amazing plan is determining your likes and dislikes, as well as your weaknesses and assets with a career advisor. They can then give you many recommendations on what sort of career would be best suited for you. Maybe you could take a few short courses to determine if school is something you like, and to discover whether or not you are interested in the topic. At the end of the day, work to get on the route that takes you to the job you want.



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