With the rising costs of tuition fees and the lack of guaranteed jobs after higher education, parents and students can’t help but scrutinise its value. Whatever of it is left, students would like to know if it will bring them somewhere closer to the job they desire.
In some cases, even just a job that could pay them decently is fine. How was it, indeed, to find a job with that degree in tow?
It depends in one’s degree. Perhaps, it can’t be helped. Some degrees provide a much linear path towards career. Then of course, it is up to the fresh grad to follow suit that straight path. Combining the degree with some worthwhile internship, students of specialised degrees inch close to their job. The trouble lies in the competition – and how long students persist into getting thru.
Some degrees don’t supply any of those linear paths. Graduates from these degrees are commonly referred to as the generalists – jack of all trades, master of none. Their opportunity to master is found in the job itself.
It depends in one’s skills. Now, every kind of degree gives way to a set of skills. Again, there’s that variable about students optimising the chance, the avenue to actually work on those skills. But the point is, each degree allows you to hone them – the rest is yours.
Assuming that you did well in setting the motion for developing both soft and hard skills, you’d be able to match it with specific jobs. Having a good match – as in skills parallel to needed skills or potentials (at the least) – increases your chance to get the job.
In most cases, fresh grads should be opting for transferable skills. The rave for such skill is high as this can permit you to immerse into a kind of job that you might not typically think of actually doing. And in these hard times, it’s just an edge to own skills that can be readily retrofitted to fit today’s current bill.
It depends in your expectations. Now, some expectations are harboured out from home. But after graduating, a big bulk of it is admittedly generated at universities. For instance, some degrees and/or universities feed students with unnecessary or unrealistic expectations.
And it’s obvious where this erroneous assumption could take you: depression amidst the real thing that is the labour market.
Make it useful. A degree is only as good as the student bearing it. If they fail to demonstrate and market their strengths, they won’t have an easy time finding a job. On the other hand, forsaking their degree won’t sound good, either.
Because, frankly, it’s not just about the degree; it’s also about the prospecting employee.