Does college really prepare us for a career? And can college graduates perform any better than someone without a degree?
Comment with your answers and also something for me to write about.
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hmm … good question. Because my major is Communications (haha), it will help me in my career because I know i’m going to be talking in my career … haha :) On a more serious note, I’m not too sure that college truly prepares us. I think you might need to ask someone who has graduated from college and has a career. I don’t really know if college graduates perform better either. They may have more book knowledge, but people who don’t have degrees may be more talented and gifted in other areas that are helping them to succeed in their careers :) I don’t know … just my thought :)
I guess that depends on the major and the job. I’m sure, James, that you’ll be a much more competent engineer than you would have been without four years of Hoyt. It isn’t the degree itself, however, that will make you a more competent employee: it’s the learning that an employer presumes took place in obtaining that degree. You could have studied engineering on your own for years instead of coming to GCC, but the degree is a formality that represents your competency as an engineer.
But if you took, for instance, a philosophy major who never ends up going to grad school… Well, they might not use their college education in everyday life. But maybe fours years of college changes a person. Maybe the point isn’t to learn a,b,c and d, but to learn how to think logically and independently.
Ok, I’m sick of writing. Sorry this comment is so long.
I think you should write about…the magic of Splenda! (Yes, I’m going to die of cancer)
Jaime I think it is some knowledge-obviously in math, education, sciences, and engineering there are certain things you have to know. As for the social sciences not necessarily. But the most important thing built in college is character. I don’t know about you, but I have matured quite a bit over my years here. I feel that those who don’t go to college don’t have that same experience. Although obviously these generalizations have exceptions on both sides. I also think
I think the necessity of a degree hinges not only on a person’s major, as has been suggested, but also on the university. In my case, my degree will be more or less worthless coming from Grove City College (why I’m still here is a a completely different story). Education majors coming from this college will be well prepared both in their studies and in the practical aspects of teaching, as they are carefully mentored during their student teaching experiences. Computer Information Systems majors on the other hand will have neither practical nor technical experience to speak of. The size and budget of the university severely impairs the ability of the college to provide opportunity in technical areas, whereas in more arts-based majors, students are more than prepared. So, I suspect that a degree for me will be worth considerably less on a fundamental level than others’ who attend different universities.
That being said, many employers wouldn’t know the difference unless they administer a test in technical ability. I guess the moral of the story is that a degree matters in practicality up to the point that it is a generally accepted document verifying you’ve done something, but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ve really done much of anything.
Don’t most college graduates go into a field unrelated to their major anyway? What’s the point? For example, my major is history, but I will be flipping burgers after I graduate in May. Thanks, college!
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