In my observations and experiences I have noticed more companies are looking for hard skills and some education as opposed to a four-year degree with soft skills. Do you think four year universities need to emphasize skills training and certification for various programs (Healthcare, IT, Accounting, etc) like two year technical schools do or should something else happen?
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I agree Sally's Trove. Wanting just hard skills doesn't always cut it. Soft skills often temper the lack of hard skills and in the long run help companies build and diversify. Instant gratification is not always the best pursuit.
Who is to judge which degree is useless and which is not? That student of early Greek traditional art could go on to make stellar contributions to bolstering regional economies by way of marketing local arts and crafts on the world market.
I understand your point BuyaBiz but I agree with Sally that it would be too invasive to give loans based on majors. Besides, when students enter college not everyone knows their major.
You have a point SilverGenes. I think apprenticeship is a great idea. I did one in high school and it helped me figure out I didn't want that career field.
And I definitely agree that elementary and secondary education needs to be revamped.
How are you going to revamp elementary and secondary ed without teaching programs at university level?
That's an excellent observation ElleBee- they both do play into each other.
Why wouldn't you have teaching programs at the university level? The problem I have with the way the system is now is the high cost of tuition for 4 years covering things that should be done in high school - then you pay more to specialize.
I agree that it would be helpful, that way you can graduate and work without worrying about going back to school to obtain new skills/certifications.
And what happens to encouraging potentially great minds?
Well I think great minds and thinkers can flourish but maybe a skill can be optional (i.e. elective or minor program) for those who want to pursue careers in the arts.