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Why you don't need a university degree

08 July 2016, 08:05 Solomon Opala

With the sprouting universities across the country that are producing thousands of graduates every year, many are still struggling with joblessness or opting to do less glamorous non-graduate jobs like hawking, shoe shining or end up as supermarket attendants.

This is because many institutions are hiding behind the term “University” to offer poor quality or useless degrees that neither serve the students nor the society. The only thing they do is to leave the parents or graduate with a huge HELB loan that continues to grow as years go by yet he is no better off than his secondary school classmates who never pursued university education.

Institute for Fiscal Studies in UK released a giant study about graduate earnings. It found, as you’d expect, that a degree from the big-name universities is worth every penny borrowed to fund it. But for others, it depends on the course taken. Most arts degrees are pretty worthless.

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While studying hard does seem to pay off, it is better for a student to learn a skill or trade like masonry, carpentry, electrical studies, mechanics, dressmaking, draughtsmanship or accounting from a tertiary institution for two years than spend 4 years in a university studying anthropology, sociology or BSc general and end up with a huge student loan and tarmacking or doing the same jobs like the other non-graduates like sales and marketing.

Parents should not force kids to go to university to take courses that they are not interested in. If the child has a special gift that can be nurtured like design and fine art, they should be encouraged to pursue it and fully supported. The student will be more motivated doing what they like best, they will excel in it and the parents don’t have to spend much or wait forever for the son or daughter to be self-reliant.

White collar jobs only make the people get in a rat race, fearful of a sack, perpetually dependent on the salary and seldom make one rich. On the other hand, hands-on skills make one self-reliant and able to engage the companies as equals in B2B dealings when they outsource jobs. 

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