How much does the college certificate matter? Changing paradigms

Posted by: admin at November 12th, 2013

The educational paradigms inside which we’re developing educational processes on a side or another (as teachers or students) is continuously changing and so are the perceptions on it. The college fees in the United States of America alone have surpassed the immense number of $1 trillion in terms of student debt and the question to be asked is if it really is worth it, given the growing unemployment rate, especially in some sectors of activity.

education1Of course, taking successful dropouts like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as role models would be a faulty way of thinking, pretty counterproductive as well in matters of the innovation and trends that have to be anticipated in an extraordinarily accurate manner in order to be a successful person as well. This second prejudice, is, therefore, far from flawless and the only thing that remains to be done is analyzing the market tendencies as well as the educational directions that are to be followed.

Instead of just dropping college or deciding not to attend it, the future students should better be very careful when choosing what courses to follow, guided after the employing tendencies and the evolution anticipations made the year when they finish high school. Also, research has found that word to mouth strategy doesn’t really apply in this case – or at least it shouldn’t. Opting for other specialization or course just because of having one or two friends that didn’t succeed in hiring after finishing college is wrong because of the intelligence and passion differences that we tend to ignore, especially about people we care about – and such biases are not recommended either.

The highest rates of unemployment, according to a study made by Anthony Carnevale, Ban Cheah and Jeff Stroh from the Center of Education and the Work Force in 2012 is in architecture (over 13%) because of the recession that has stopped the construction and home building tendencies as well as in non-technical majors such as social sciences, law and public policy, humanities and liberal arts.

The employment rate is, however, relative and has to be cumulated with the economic predictions for the following years, in order for the choice to be truly made wittingly, in the know. For computer sciences, for instance, the things to be taken into consideration vary from the specific field of the software or hardware course that the student is going to follow to the hiring tendency that seems not to take into consideration the major of the future employee unless it’s a shootout criterion. But most of the college degrees in computer sciences don’t really qualify the student in a specific field of activity, the reason for which even though they do bring a general field knowledge input, the hiring process won’t always be taken into consideration. And this is where the problem really becomes complicated. The MOOC educational systems seems to gain terrain in the educational field and to be perceived as truly convincing courses that improve the specific knowledge of the future employee, especially if they’re cumulated with a formal educational degree.

It is, indeed, true, that over 40% of the working adults in the United States of America have now a college degree, compared to less than 7% during the ‘50s, but the past is not really what we’re looking at when we’re trying to identify the tendencies to come. Bottom line, following college just for the diploma doesn’t guarantee hiring, especially in the fields where the unemployment rate is high or growing, while the student loans have reached a new record, but when finding a specialization there are other aspects to be taken into consideration as well.

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Education, health care, professional systems and business are, nonetheless, domains in which having a formal degree is one of the most important criteria in hiring – so, for what we know, those trends also take into consideration the working field we want to be hired in – while the unemployment rate is also quite low as well, because of the continuous need of experts in the working area, regardless of the economic factors. These basic social commodities need to be developed in order to give the society grounds to develop on, so if the student decides to follow one of these study areas, there’s not so much to question.

Outperforming the BA degree is also highly important so that the employer can see that the future employee stands out and brings a critical, valuable advantage to the company or institution he or she is going to work for or collaborate with. Voluntary work, as well as supplementary courses, are of great help when trying to prove competence, interest, and implication, as well as inner motivation that doesn’t only depend on the amount of money you gain from a working (or similar to working) experience. These are the future employees that can easily be ‘dragged’ into the retention process, which is – most of the times – a win-win situation. The company gains a faithful, loyal worker and the employee has a stable job and the possibility to advance in function accordingly.

Worst combination. There are lots of students who opt for the fields with huge unemployment rates and small earnings as well, which makes it hard to be exploited down the road. Of course, the significant structural and economic shifts are to be taken into consideration as well, as are the directions that seem very hard to be predicted. On the other hand, the young adults’ work participation has decreased back to its 1972 rate, while the 2000s weren’t exactly the most fruitful period for the employment rate of the young adults, decreasing from 2000 to 2012 from 84% to 72%, a quite alarming fact.

Nonetheless, the current state of affairs in higher education isn’t clearly the perfect way to do things either. This explains the MOOCs as a necessity, a developing trend based on the young generation’s need of specific education, unlimited by social, cultural and geographic boundaries in creating and consolidating a consistent expertise based on which the hiring process should – we’re not saying it does, either – take place. This flawed mentality that you take what you pay for especially in the United States of America has turned into – pay for as much as possible for not to follow a district college but as this becomes as trend the chances to be hired after finishing a well reputable college decreases and the entire high educational perceptions is that it becomes massified and overflow.

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