From the day of your birth you have been nurtured, cared for and steered by others in the direction that will hopefully meet the challenge of a preparation for life and self-responsibility. Your parents and the education system have been the main parties in this endeavour. And a large part of their goal must have been to prepare you for the work-place. So… what to do?
“TRY TO BECOME NOT A MAN OF SUCCESS BUT RATHER A MAN OF VALUE”… Albert Einstein
If we go back 50 years when less than 5% of kids went to University, the impact of further education was far greater than today. A degree was regarded as a passport to a career and meant, almost without exception, that you would never be unemployed. You would be placed on a pedestal by employers, given the opportunities in the work-place to which others were not entitled and thus your place in more senior positions was, with a little effort and training, assured.
Compare that with today, when upwards of 40% of students go on to a form of further education (FE). The odds of you making waves in a career on the back of a degree (for the graduate of any University or College) are dropping like a stone. The numbers are simply against it. Soon it will be the exception rather than the rule not to have a degree.
The passport, then, is no longer why bother? struggle through a course, the examination system, the stress and the strain of further education?
The answers to this most important and vexing of questions is found in a blunt and self-effacing scrutiny of exactly the purpose of further education for you personally. Let’s examine the mains possible reasons:-
a) Any degree is still a “bottle-top” that half of the competition won’t possess. It’s discipline for the mind.
b) I just love the subject and want to go into the academic world thereafter.
c) It gives me time to research and think about what I want to do for a career.
d) It’s a means to an chosen career requires a degree in anything just to get to the bottom of the ladder.
e) I’m swept along by a tide of advice from peers, teachers and parents pointing me in that direction…I guess it must be for the best.
f) The employment markets are very dull in a recession and I won’t find a job right now.
Railed against this are the following that are deserving of similar scrutiny:-
a) Surely I can make more progress in a real world job actually learning work-relevant lessons and skills that are in demand by employers. Proof of intelligence is no longer evidenced through a degree, anyway.
b) Further education is, essentially, a growing-up process that I can do better without excessive socializing and especially drinking.
c) I want to earn money right away rather than wait for three/four years of penury.
d) I just don’t have the assets and am not …Read More