The twenty-first century has made a variety of things possible. More people, particularly women, are engaging in tertiary education; both teaching and learning. There are more people of colour, too. Tertiary education has paved the paths of many great minds like Barack and Michelle Obama. On the flip-side, there are several success stories of people who dropped out and still went on to be successful, like Bill Gates. Many wonder if, perhaps, university and college are not as important as they used to be. There are sources of information and materials online now that make information easier to access without the large daunting fees of student debt. Is this information enough? How necessary is it to get that degree?
It Is Required For Technical Occupations
While being an English teacher can be an easily accessible occupation for native speakers, it is not the same for people who do not grow up in an environment that sustains certain topics. For instance, medicine. It is much better to enrol in an MBBS course in Malaysia than to watch online videos on it and apply it in real life. Medical training is a difficult and intensive process that needs not only extensive theory and information, it requires practical competence. In high-stake careers such as these, university is a non-negotiable. It is not something that can be taught through a 20-minute YouTube video. The required credentials to practise medicine, the examinations and skills needed are plenty and irreplaceable. While some YouTube platforms offer learning aids and out-of-class assistance, their knowledge is a broad summation of all the details required. Much is left out and oversimplified.
It Is A Source Of Social Ascension
For some people, tertiary education is what opens doors to better living. There are numerous scholarships that are offered to less privileged communities to help as many people as possible to find themselves a good career that can help them overcome poverty. University opens doors to better jobs, which in turn lead to better life prospects. In university, you learn to connect with other people through networking. You learn how the world is working outside of the classroom. You are exposed to a variety of new information through clubs, societies and events. These help build one’s person and their understanding of the world around them. All these factors play a part in a person’s climb to a better social climbing and they cannot be taken for granted.
It Widens The Job Scope
This is a controversial point that many students may agree with. Having the degree increases the lens of your job search. Many companies often look for students with a certain degree and work experience of a certain period of time before offering an internship which can turn into a permanent position. However, this has caused friction because unpaid internships are not able to award students the pay that their expertise reflects. Work experience is often more valued than the degree. However, to gain that internship, work experience is needed. It is a vicious cycle.