Getting a university degree nowadays is a lot like what getting your high school diploma used to be. Most corporate employers look at a university degree as a prerequisite for hiring someone at entry level. A lot of times it might not even matter what your degree is in, as long as you have one. This is one of the reasons why many people think a university degree isn’t really needed anymore to be successful, as it’s used more as a way to separate candidates without really taking into consideration their actual skill level. All that being said, a university degree has it’s advantages and here are 5 reasons why it’s still important to your success.
1. The total experience
University is still great just for the experience alone. There’s something about graduating high school and going off to university. The independence, the living on your own, the classes and studying, the parties, the social scene, all of it. University is one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life as it signifies the beginning of the rest of their life. While the classes are a part of the equation, the networking is just as important if not more. While the importance of your actual degree is up for debate, there’s no doubt that the university experience (for better or worse) is a big learning experience that helps us grow.
2. Getting into the corporate world
Like it or not, most companies require a university degree to get into a corporate job. A lot of times your major isn’t as important as the fact that you graduated. While a university degree doesn’t prove that you know anything, it does prove that you have the ability to learn something. No one expects you to know everything you need to know when you move to a new job, there’s always a learning curve. At least a degree shows that you can learn and apply something successfully (enough to graduate at least). Not to mention, having a degree shows that you can start something and see it through to completion, which is another admirable trait that companies look for.
3. Trying new things
Most people don’t really know what they want to do with their lives after graduating high school. How can you really expect to know your life goals at 18? One great advantage of going to university is that you’re forced to do and learn about a wide variety of things. A bachelor’s degree contains a long list of general classes that everyone is forced to take, and while most of them might make you question what relevance they have on your life or career, some might actually spark a legitimate interest in you. Finding yourself in university may seem like a sappy cliche, but there’s a lot to be said about the wide variety of experiences it offers you.
4. Key to advancing
Not only is a degree crucial to getting your foot in the door of a corporate job, it’s basically a requirement for moving up. If you’re looking at becoming a manager or even an executive, a bachelor’s degree would be the absolute minimum with the probability being that you would need a master’s. The reason that education is important in the corporate world is that a premium is placed on tangible evidence that you have the skills to justify your position. Understanding that it’s part of the corporate game is a key if you plan on playing it.
5. Learning skills of your trade
With all the talk about the experience and the corporate importance on tangible evidence, we sometimes forget that university also helps prepare you for your career by teaching you about things in your industry. The reason you choose a major is to gain knowledge in a career field that interests you. While the majority of your learning will probably take place in the jobs you hold throughout your career, your university experience will be the first place you start to build your knowledge on how to do your job.
Obviously there can be many more reasons that this why a degree is important to you. For instance, you could be the first person ever in your family to get a university degree, and that in itself is a wonderful accomplish. In the end you’ll have to decide where your time is best used depending on what your goals in life are, but university can be a solid investment that can help shape your future by getting you in the door.