April 6, 2020 Education makes the world a new place

The Costs And Benefits Of A College Education

Most people like to take a break and go to college to pursue further education in a chosen field. Both students and those who are already in the workforce do keep looking at various options to see if they can really go ahead and equip themselves with a college degree.

But with the rising cost of tuition, it has become very tough for many to pursue their dream. Banks and financial institutions are ready to give loans and grants for further studies but most people are reluctant to take them as they would have to face the stress of paying it back. Though it is every parent’s dream to send their kids to college, it is becoming increasingly tough for them to bear the expenses causing many of them to wonder whether they can actually provide their child with a college education.

It is important to look into several factors before making a decision on whether or not to go in for a college degree. With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, it is not easy to find even an entry-level opening without a good degree or qualification that too from a reputed school. Generally, it is the college graduates who land the best jobs and from that perspective, it is better to go to college.

Prefer College Graduates

The reason most companies prefer college graduates is the fact that they are taught a lot of skills and tools that make them better performers from the word go. There is a definite difference in the quality of output by a qualified person as against one without any education or someone who is under-qualified. If you happen to graduate in a particular subject and take up a job in that field, you can fit in easily and perform well.

A Graduate Degree In IT

So if IT happens to be your chosen field, then a graduate degree in IT will not only help you land a job easily, it will also make you a good performer. Likewise, if you are not educated in the IT field, it will not only be tough to get an entry, it will also be difficult to continue in the job. It is not such a bad idea to take a loan to acquire a good degree because landing a job is easy, career advancement is assured and with the good pay flowing in, paying back the loan will be pretty easy.

Conclusion

While you should no doubt think long and carefully before you set out to acquire your college degree, it is important not only to take cognizance of the short term issues but look at the long term picture as well. Your career growth and finances, in the long run, are definitely influenced by your education. Thus, even if it means some sacrifice and monetary problems, it makes good sense to somehow get your college degree with or without a loan.… Read More

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“Lost” Young generation

This is a broad, but inaccurate, generalization to say that many young people lack the sense of responsibility and need for self-sufficiency at this time. This is my view is caused by, among other reasons, a generous welfare state that can lead to interdependence in families across generations. We are then confronted with young people without motivation who actually choose rational choices based on what they observe around them from lacking employment to achieve payments comparable to the working population. The solution here must be of the “stick” variety rather than “carrot”. The first is needed to stem the spread of the problem; carrots are used to treat common symptoms.

"Lost" Young generation

To Pursue Work that We Hope to Enjoy and a Natural Interest in

For the welfare of individuals and society as a whole, it is in the collective and selfish interests of each of us to pursue work that we hope to enjoy and have a natural interest in. This is the ideal goal that most working adults may not relate to when they go to work every morning but it is the ideal that must be targeted through increased exposure. Students and young people can only identify what they enjoy based on what they encounter. The education system must be able to expose them to ideas outside their usual comfort zones. This can be in the form of exposure to work, language, culture, but also the work environment, social work, community involvement, etc. The aim here is to also provide a bite of reality by subjecting them to the real-world idea that actions have consequences and that there is adult pressure to be prepared. If students see more, they identify the choices they naturally tend to and are self-motivated in pursuing this (the “carrot” approach).

Discusses Skills And Training The Softer Ones

Along with Sir Terry Leahy’s published statement about the education system that does not supply young people who can be employed, the latest articles in the FT (Employment for young people and Education system ‘business and labor failed’, 21 February) discusses skills and training the softer ones that young people lack from personal presentations, conversational skills, work ethics, etc.

How do young people get the idea that wearing a hoodie for a job interview is not right? To some extent, this is an observation of the generation gap. A growing trend over time is to adopt informality and the younger generation is naturally less formal and more relaxed than the older ones. But there is still a need (at least for now) for professionalism in the workplace. The stick approach will state that young people learn to do whatever is needed if they don’t pay the consequences because they are not obedient to unemployment and low income. Carrot approach means they are given experience while at school to become accustomed to and understand the concept of making themselves better as productive employees and workers.

A Social Problem

In the end, this is a social problem. The culture … Read More

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