How does college prepare you for the working world?
How does college prepare me for the working world?
What are the pros and cons?
- TLLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
As a second year student just coming back from an internship I can tell you that college doesn't effectively prepare you for work.
College is important to give you a broad field of knowledge and theory of such, but all of that are nothing more than a weak foundation. Experience is always always always the key to getting a good job no matter what (internships, etc).
I'm not saying ditch college. Only a few individuals skipped college and succeed (ex. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc) and the rest of us need a college degree to get ourselves up on our feet to survive what's ahead.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It really depends on what degree you're getting, if you ask me. I had a lot of friends who got earned business-related degrees, and their classes were a direct reflection of the workplace: all about doing presentations, accounting, marketing projects, etc.
For me, as an English major, I'm STILL trying to figure out how my degree prepared me for the workplace. My former professors are still encouraging me to pursue my masters and PhD in English, but I don't want to teach.
With English, it was all paper-writing and class discussion, which I only see being helpful if I want to actually go into teaching. I guess I learned how to be a better writer and how to form/defend a persuasive argument, which would be helpful if I wanted to branch out into marketing or journalism.
But if I wanted to do that, I'd would've majored in marketing or journalism.
I'm not knocking my professors or anything, it's just that some degrees lend themselves more to real-world application (mostly, the sciences and mathematics) than others.
Right now, my career options pretty much all require me to go to graduate school to earn my masters. I'm glad I majored in English because I'm good at it and I enjoy it, but sometimes I wish God had given me a more practical "talent."
Like...if He'd made me good at computer science or business, I'd be all set. :)
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- killykole2Lv 51 decade ago
It really doesn't. It keeps you out of the working world for four more years so that you can mature. But some people are mature enough for the work environment at 18. It took me until about age 27 or so to learn that maturity.
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- 1 decade ago
- A higher percentage of you getting hired at a job.
- Gives you the skills you need to succeed in the outside world.
- You earn more money if you go to college
- It cost a lot of money.
- 1 decade ago
Pros: Possibility of specialized knowledge, gives you time to mature, helps you learn to deal with stress, helps you become a better writer and communicator, looks better on a resume, allows you to have the possibility for grad. school and beyond, helps you find out what kind of careers you'd be interested in
Cons: Costs money? But even then, its a wise investment.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Actually it does not but that aside education prepares you to be receptive to learning how to learn. A skill that will promote your ability to adaPT TO CHANGING SITUATIONS.
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