True or False: Degrees are becoming worthlessWatch
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Some employers do care about degrees.
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My answer: False
Degrees are not becoming worthless as you still need certain degrees to go into specific areas (medicine, finance etc).
If anything it IS becoming much more difficult to find jobs as he number of people taking degrees is increasing slowly over the years.
Some people take very basic degrees and don't know what to do afterwards which may be a factor too.
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As long as money is becoming worthless, so are degrees and masters.
1. Degrees are used as a filtering criteria. Originally getting a degree itself was hard and so a good filter. Now getting a degree isn’t hard but getting one from a top university is. So a degree from a reputable university is useful but otherwise no.
2. Reputable universities are sufficiently academic. You go to university to learn to think. Of course someone may say that you can do online courses blah2 but it’s really difficult to get a group of people together to explore, exchange ideas, do projects together, etc. It’s also a time to explore and try new things, which can be difficult if you go straight into the workforce.
3. The problem arises when someone is not academic. In this case they shouldn’t be doing a degree at all, but rather start work or do some professional qualification that will enable them to find a job. E.g for my subject a degree from a top university has a variety of modules. A degree from a lower ranked university contains mostly the same content as the professional exams. It’s not to say that the former is harder. But university exam questions are tricky and require true understanding and original thought. Professional exams have more content but more structured. If you just want to get a job university wastes your time.
4.At the end of the day uni is academic and should be seen as such- not something everyone can have. If you are not it’s ok. I have equal respect for both a plumber and a professor.
5. Another perspective as mentioned is that uni gives you time to explore if you don’t know what you want to do...
Example alternatives include degree apprenticeships in engineering with TfL, software engineering degree apprenticeships with Amazon paying £30k p/a, etc etc.
A degree alone isn't impressive these days - it's easier than ever to get into university thanks to marketisation and the spawning of new universities left right and centre.
Probably, pretty much everything taught in a degree can be learnt using the internet for free. Maybe mass lectures were the most efficient way of learning 100 years ago, but it’s not anymore.
I suspect very few people utilise much of the knowledge gained during their degree after graduating, so the value of a degree likely very rarely lies in the actual material covered.