What are people's views on the value of degree's?
Given that more and more people have been attending University, the value of a degree, in my view, had been reduced, together with the reducing employability of graduates.
I am with you on this one. In EU we recently even changed tuition program to have more people with degrees because somebody noticed folk with university diplomas make more profits. So the change was simple - many two years programs were changed into three or even four years programs with only dividing one major subject into or three minors, few essays were added to the exams and in general the same stuff was learned in more school hours.
It doesn't necessary mean degree is worthless, but unfortunately it doesn't guarantee anything and as I have already noticed it is mainly useful in so called civil service jobs where the payment is largely determined by officially achieved education, not efficiency. Even there things are changing.
Its interesting to hear how University education in the EU is perceived. It sounds like you are having the same problems as us here in the UK. Anyone else in other countries got similar views?
Yes, I guess that's true and it's really putting a lot of pressure on people, because a degree is not a guarantee for a job anymore. The next generation is already called the "internship-generation", because young graduates don't get actual jobs anymore but low-payed or even unpaid internships to "test" them. They end up being handed from one employer to another without any actual work to pay their rents. You have to be really good or attend a private and expensive University to get some attention.
I think it's getting to be the same way here in the US. So many of the upper level jobs require degrees, so more young people attend college and get them. It seems to me that having a college degree now is the equivalent of getting a high school (primary education) diploma when I was a kid. Almost everyone has one so narrowing down the large number of prospective employees using a college degree as the standard doesn't work.
It depends on what you mean by value. If you mean its value towards getting a job, I think it is essential towards getting a well paid job, even if those jobs are harder to find. I also think there is value in and of itself in having a degree because the degree stands for a certain amount of education that has been attained. Learning and education expands ones thinking processes.
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