University= High Scool Rd. 2

Recently the Globe and Mail (here and here) has published a few articles pertaining to the declining lustre of the Bachelor of Arts degree. As a holder of said degree and soon to be a graduate of the Loyalist College Post-Grad PR Program, I am the focus of their articles.

University (and to a lesser extent, College) is required for many job postings and positions. 20 years and even 10 years ago, any applicant with a Degree was a highly qualified applicant, who stood a good shot at getting a job.

Now, things are different. Most have an undergrad degree or college diploma. You don’t stand out if that’s all your resume has. University/college has become the new high school. Students are now flocking to masters, professional programs and colleges to acquire even more credentials and skills.

I think this is great (albeit there are a few worries: mainly $$$). The more education we receive the better. Although it is a shame that on the job education is not being offered to students (since companies won’t hire unless you have experience) having formal training is great to keep individuals motivated and learning.

 The cost of this training is my main worry. Each year of education is easily 10 grand, and much more if you go to a professional school. Learning is great, but being unemployed and 30 with $80k+ student debt to repay is terrifying. It limits who can go (the rich get richer?), and increases household debt to high levels.

 Education has now reached a point where one post-graduate diploma/degree isn’t sufficient. I hope we as a society can combat the overwhelming costs associated with this trend.


2 comments so far

  1. Sara Hamil on

    My youngest brother is taking an advanced degree program at St. Lawrence College and I can see that being the way to go. Not only is he getting the theoretical education you expect from a degree but with the bonus of a hands-on practical component to each year (he’s studying behavioral psychology). The only downside is that, because the advanced degree is still so new, it’s taking time for it to gain some ground in the legitimacy department (a HUGE shame if you ask me).

    I’m also someone who followed up a university degree with some time spent at college and I’m so glad I did. I don’t like this push and preference for masters. I’d rather see a shift toward more balanced education – theory and practice (and not just because that’s what I did either).

  2. troyvstew on

    I agree with you on the advanced degree option, it is a great combination of a degree/diploma. I can see the lack of legitimacy since employers will say “it’s not a university!” which is a shame. All colleges/universities in Canada are great and their programs have to meet tough standards.

    I think in the future I may try to attain a masters, since there is such a big push for them. I, too, am not sure if getting a masters degree really is the right way but if that is what is needed for advancement, I wouldn’t mind getting a masters 🙂

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