[Charlotte Green | Contributing Writer]
Of course your degree is valuable to some extent. It can put you first in line for a job and you can develop a variety of skills whether these relate to team work or academic writing. However, when it comes to the future it isn’t only about your degree –you can’t go into a job interview with just that on your CV can you?
As an English Language major I was told many times that I was doing the wrong degree to progress into a corporate company. But when I was sat in an interview at an assessment centre for an internship, surprisingly it wasn’t my degree that I was talking about. It was the retail positions I’d held since the age of 16, my achievements through kickboxing training, as well as the school commitments, volunteer work and university societies I had joined. I’ll admit, I wouldn’t have been able to apply for an internship without my degree as it was a minimum requirement. But even then the degree title and exact course content didn’t matter. It was the experiences in a variety of situations outside of my degree that were most helpful. Now I have some great opportunities waiting when I leave university.
All students can say juggling assignments has helped build time management skills and working in groups builds communication skills. But what happens when you’re up against a whole load of graduates in the tight job market?
The way I see it is that your experiences are more valuable. If I hadn’t put myself forward for certain projects, hadn’t had a few challenging days in retail, and hadn’t set myself some ambitious goals then I wouldn’t be who I am today. When it comes to the real world there are just some experiences you can’t get from a degree. What if there’s someone at an interview with the same degree under their belt? What will make them pick you?
[Amelia Carter | Contributing Writer]
Increasingly, many students find themselves wondering whether obtaining a degree is worth the stress, hard work and ultimately how much value does it hold in the real world, when trying to gain employment.
First and foremost having a degree puts you leaps and bounds ahead of other candidates when applying for a job. Not only does it show knowledge and commitment for actually completing your degree, but the other experiences you’ve gained from being at university such as; gaining useful contacts; developing employability skills; work placements and life experiences which are all associated and come with your degree. All these attributes bundled together adds extra value to your CV that other people without degrees simply never could have.
Arguably, having a degree adds job security as it is shown that when employers lay off workers, people who hold degrees are more likely to stay on at the company because of the added worth that the degree brings. This also leads on to the fact that holding a degree most likely means a higher salary. Having a degree is usually synonymous with going into a high paying job, even if the person in question is younger, if they hold a degree they are often moved quickly through the ranks to bigger positions of power and responsibility, which consequently leads to a higher salary.
It is my opinion that a degree adds value to all areas that an employer may be looking for, whilst enriching the individual’s life giving them experiences they never would’ve had without studying at a university. In this way the broad opportunities that having a degree opens you to makes it extremely worth the hard work.