In my case I went to college for two years followed by another three years at university, by that point I was done with studying, not necessarily done with learning. Others will seek to continue their studies with a MBA, PHD.
Having a degree was considered to be the crème de la crème but this was not the only way to begin your career. Not everyone excels in an academic environment, about 15 years ago there were alternative options to further education once you left school. Apprenticeships were becoming popular with the youth training schemes (YTS) to help young people learn and also earn a salary.
Moving to today’s employment world youth unemployment is high and there are limited opportunities for those not wanting to continue with their education beyond school. As one way to tackle this issue the government are increasing the compulsory education age from 16 to 18.
The introduction of tuition fees has not prevented many young people from studying towards a degree. Degrees still hold some kind of merit in the employment world and in some professions such as law and medicine is a must have.
How many young people actually know what career they want to have at the age of 18? Will the same career path they have planned out at such a young age be the same path they want to walk down once they have completed their studies? How many young people are choosing to go to university, pursue a degree in a subject they like simply because of the prestige giving to degree’s, because they do not know what type of job they would like to do or are even suited for?
My query; is the need to be academically intelligent hindering the next wave of employees? Choosing to go onto higher education does teach individuals the importance of disciplining themselves to meet deadlines, work together in teams and memorise vast amounts of information to apply in exams and in theory apply in the real world. There are degrees that offer a year in industry but for those who don’t choose this or the option is not there, all they have is theoretical knowledge. This brings us onto the fight to get onto graduate schemes, finding internships that don’t exploit the individual to gain that all important work experience that prospective employers crave. As the needs of employers are changing perhaps it is time the way young people are taught is adapted to these changes to better prepare them for their future careers. Books can only teach us so much, it is when we have to apply those theories to the world outside of books does the real learning begin.