Is Campus still Worth It?
By Kelvin Njambi
For many young people, choosing a university is one of the most important decisions that they will make in their lives. Decades ago, only few people graduated from the university, but nowadays degrees have come to be regarded as just a “general expectation”. Making a career choice has far-reaching implications, both in personal and in financial terms. This is precisely why an increasing number of young people are asking themselves whether university is still worth or not.
In fact, young people facing a career choice are not the only ones asking themselves this question. The debate over whether to attend university or not has intensified over the past decade, particularly following the high cost of living which has resulted in increased fees especially for the self-sponsored students.
In an attempt to address this issue, the government has increased its budgetary allocation towards the sponsorship of university students through the Higher Education Loans Board ( HELB), which means that more students are receiving aid to join various universities and better their campus experience hence leading to a sharp influx of students in the universities.
However, this move has become the centre of attention, with some people claiming that this has reduced the value of university degrees. A research conducted by Ipsos Synovate stated that the job market was barely able to absorb the current number of graduates, and that nearly 47 per cent of recently graduated individuals were working in non-graduate roles.
Some have claimed that the increase of students in institutions of higher education has actually backfired, and that as more and more people graduate, having a university education has become less and less valuable. But is this really the case? Are university degrees still worth it? Financial considerations aside, the fact is that education still has its own intrinsic value.
Let us look at this issue from a different perspective: the value of a university degree does not exclusively lie in whether it helps graduates find a suitable job. In other words, university degrees should not be just seen as a means to an end or as a step towards securing future employment only.
Regardless of the degree subject chosen, going through higher education can give students a wide range of skills that will be useful in many aspects of their future careers. These skills include a range of abilities that can open up a whole world of possibilities in terms of future employment.
Some examples of the skills include time management, the ability to meet deadlines, commitment, leadership, decision-making skills, team work, and effective verbal and written communication skills. It is important to note that these skills are valued by employers in any industry, so graduates who possess these skills are better able to integrate into the job market than those who don’t.
I can therefore safely say that having a university degree still works to your advantage and may increase your employability prospects. A higher education qualification may not guarantee you a job, but then again, in this day and age no qualification does, so it makes sense to be prepared and to offer employers sound proof of your abilities in the form of transferable skills and a recognised qualification. The university is still worth it because a degree can increase your employability chances as long as you take advantage of the whole experience and make the most of the skills that you can learn during your degree.