June 1, 2013
Is a Bachelors Degree Only Worth the Prestige?
Having a bachelor degree was a way of showing how successful you have become in your life. The value of these degrees has come into question recently. The value of a bachelor’s degree has dropped significantly over the years. We will look into why the value of the degree has depreciated over the years. For starters, someone with a Bachelors degree could have expected to receive top priority when being considered for a job position. Today, a bachelors degree might get your foot in the door for an interview, but with so many competitors, landing the actual job might prove to be more difficult. Secondly, depending on your field of study, getting a bachelors degree alone may not be enough to achieve your financial goals. Are the student loans going to hold you back? Do you need to continue you education even farther to achieve your desired success? Finally, the cost of getting your degree is very expensive and may not be worth going into debt. There are many types of bachelor degrees. A Bachelor in Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor in Science (B.S.) are the primary types of degree but there are many more. For example, a Bachelors of Forestry is not going to help you get a job in computer sciences. The various types of bachelor degrees let the students have a variety of degree programs to choose from. An employer who may only ask for a Bachelor of Arts may find themselves wishing they clarified more on the job posting web site. Employers considered applicants with Bachelors degree a priority over applicants with just a high school diploma or an associate’s degree. Not everyone agrees that a bachelor’s degree should be a qualification for getting a job. Charles Murray agrees that both applicants and organizations would benefit from doing away with a degree requirement (567). Students who go through certification programs instead of degree program will be able to show employers that they are able to do the job efficiently. In the article “A College Degree Sorts Job Applicants, but Employers Wish It Meant More” agrees that employers “… dinged bachelor’s-degree holders for lacking basic workplace proficiencies, like adaptability, communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems (Fischer A26). Getting hired right out of college can be difficult because some employers want a degree and experience. Experience only comes when you are able to get hired in your field of study. Positions that require at least a Bachelors degree will potentially have many applicants. Many candidates could be competing for a single open job position. The competition between candidates does not necessarily help the human resource department. There are many high school students that are continuing their education after graduating high school. There are also many more adults that are returning to college after many years of not attending classes. The reasoning behind all the people returning or continuing their education is because it was the only way to get a good career. Mary Beth Marklein from USA Today conducted an interview with Charles Murray. When asked if the bachelor degree was eroded, Murray responded, “By making a degree something everyone is supposed to want, we punish people who do not get one” (15B). Forty percent of all college students do not graduate by their sixth year at a four year university (Nemko 561). Many colleges have put classes online to make it available to anyone who applied. There are a number of television advertisements that advertise how going to their online classes could get you your degree in less time. Sometimes these colleges offer degrees that not employer will accept because it is not from an accredited school. Those who have completed college would have been expected to land a job right out of graduation. They soon come to realize that that is not the reality. In the essay “America’s Most Overrated Product: The Bachelor’s...
Cited: Fischer, Karin. “A College Degree Sorts Job Applicants, But Employers Wish It Meant More.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 2013. A26-27. MasterFILE Complete. May 20, 2013.
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Current Issues and Enduring Questions
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