Is University really worth it?
Does going to school really pay off after having graduated in this current economic condition? The decision to go to a school of higher learning is a major commitment of not only time but also money. The question is, does this schooling give students an extra edge against others applying for the same jobs. The current recession has touched absolutely every facet of living, including those planning on going to college. Fees for entrance as well as the cost of living during schooling can be a formidable challenge for students alone or students and family.
nStudents wishing to work part time while in college are also having a difficult time as with the current condition of the economy and so many companies downsizing or closing down, jobs just aren’t available in the number they used to be and there are a multitude of people all applying for the same jobs, internships, traineeships and any other type of job there is out there in the market today. Many companies, though they may have a little more work than they can realistically handle, are unwilling to hire anyone to come in and work for them. The economy is so unstable, the companies don’t know what to expect next so they err on the side of caution. It’s not just the people graduating that are having a hard time, even the schools themselves are in a constant state of flux. There are many cuts within the schools and within funding, including available grants. At a time when education seems even more important to have, it may be getting even harder to acquire. Some institutions that have cancelled grants say that the money will still be directed towards higher education purposes and to target students from lower income families.
nMany institutions are talking of raising tuition fees across Britain, and students have to decide if the investment they will have to put into the education will be equitable considering the opportunities the higher education affords them. This is very definitely a very turbulent time for every part of the economy and education is no exception. There is no clear way for the general student body to see whether the investment in their future through higher education will be worth it in the end. There is no way for them to know if they will have better opportunities or any opportunities once their schooling is over. The prospective student will need to have a clear focus of what he or she wants to achieve, what knowledge they need to know to achieve it and if the field of study they are engaging in has the capacity to support them once they have graduated. There will be different answers to this question for different individuals. They will also need to figure out if there is enough financial ability available to see them through the full schooling once they have started. They cannot rely on a job coming their way once their schooling has begun, they may have more knowledge than when they started, but in these economic times, they will not have enough knowledge to make them really marketable until their schooling is completed. Then they will have a better chance of competing out in the tough job market of the time.
Posted Date: 2009-10-29 15:34:17