Career Goals: Who Needs College Anyway?


It’s not necessarily all about money, but there’s nearly unanimous agreement that the primary benefits of higher education are enhanced employability and greater earning power. Although its your career goals that lead you to seek higher education, many argue that here are even more benefits to earning a university degree.

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Global Competition

Since the recession in the United States, many businesses are confronted with increased global competition. Cost cutting has become necessary for many domestic businesses to stay afloat, and many jobs formerly performed by people are now being performed by machines. The jobs that remain and thrive require more advanced knowledge and skills than high schools offer. To better prepare graduates for entry into business and industry, many higher education programs now offer, or even require, work-based learning. A higher education prepares graduates at all levels with learning benefits that are universal.

Benefits to Society

Studies indicate that university graduates are far less likely to be involved in crime. They generally don’t smoke, and they consume significantly less alcohol. As a result of the diversity of thought and culture encountered in a university, higher education grads are generally more tolerant. They’re more likely to volunteer, vote, and provide their children with a better education. The economic benefits to society as a whole are increased tax revenue, decreased dependence on government support, a higher likelihood of national economic growth, and increased creativity and innovation.

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Job Stability

Some positions withstand a bad economy better than others. Almost all of those require a higher education. Nursing, physical therapy, social work, accounting, and computer system design have been and will continue to be relatively unaffected by a slow economy. All offer excellent working conditions and most offer benefits.

Leadership and the Master’s Degree in Higher Education

An individual with a master’s degree in higher education becomes an authority in the formulation and future development of higher education. The curriculum in all of these programs concentrates on preparation in administration, teaching, policy, and research in the field of higher education. Completion of the program leads employment in universities or state and federal agencies. All curriculums in these master’s program are strongly committed to leadership skills, both in theory and practice.

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Higher education most assuredly opens career and personal development opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be available for non-degreed applicants. Most employers require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for consideration in a wide range of jobs. Opportunity knocks for those with college degrees..

What do you think is the future of higher education?

Lizzie WeakleyLizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. Lizzie went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications.  She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.



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