Is a degree primarily for a job or to help develop you as a person?

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What should be the key result? developing as a person or getting a job afterwards. Should we embrace our natural progression as people through studies and understanding or should we focus on jobs?
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It depends entirely on what you want out of doing a degree; if your intention is to do a degree with a specific career in mind the degree will help you achieve that in some cases. If your intention is personal development that can happen too. Why not do a degree with aim to do both?
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What should be the key result? developing as a person or getting a job afterwards. Should we embrace our natural progression as people through studies and understanding or should focus on jobs?
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Really? What if the knowledge you gained allowed you to create opportunities and works you would of never had the possibility to beforehand or even comprehended?
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27k+ to merely 'develop as a person' is a bad deal.
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What should be the key result? developing as a person or getting a job afterwards. Should we embrace our natural progression as people through studies and understanding or should focus on jobs?
Primarily, I think that a degree is for opening more doors to the places you want to go and the career you want to build in the future. The 'developing as a person' bit can take a whole lifetime to figure out, and some even figure out what they'd like to do at secondary school. The passion to learn more and the skills you learn in a degree should improve your prospects for jobs, but that same drive will also mould you into the person you strive to be.
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As it's completely voluntary, it's what you want it to be.
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yeah thats an interesting summary
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Primarily, I think that a degree is for opening more doors to the places you want to go and the career you want to build in the future. The 'developing as a person' bit can take a whole lifetime to figure out, and some even figure out what they'd like to do at secondary school. The passion to learn more and the skills you learn in a degree should improve your prospects for jobs, but that same drive will also mould you into the person you strive to be.
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I think it's a bit of both, university allows a lot of opportunities for you to have better job prospects, but the way in which it's done helps you grow as a person. Education isn't just about learning facts and applying them, it's about how you do it and the process in which you get there.
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I left school, got a job I was passionate about, and happily worked but got paid pennies for it. Now 26 back at uni, getting a degree in something I am interested in and will hopefully be lifelong passion but I am mostly doing it for the better wage at the end!
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What should be the key result? developing as a person or getting a job afterwards. Should we embrace our natural progression as people through studies and understanding or should we focus on jobs?
I think that if the only thing I get out of university is to 'develop as a person' I wouldn't have even gone to university. Sure, that might be a secondary outcome but first and foremost it's about opening the doors for the future.
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