Many students at British universities are raising questions regarding the meaning of education and the desirability of obtaining further degrees. A report by the Dep[artment for Innovation, Unversities and Skills, held focus group discussions throughout the nation in order to capture the mood of the student population. They discovered, many believe “if the number of students participating in higher education continues to increase, having a degee may not ctually increase your employability in the future and that students would be forced to udnertke, at more expense, postgraduate study to maintain a competitive edge with ptential employers.” There is increasing fear the job market is not ncecessarily conducive to obtaining further degrees.
Although students have these concerns the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills(DIUS) insists further education results in higher pay. “Higher education remains one of the best ways to ensure a fulfilling and successful career as well as a brighter financial future.”
This has been an ongoing debate for many years and the DIUS should be praised for actually seeking out student input into a discussion that more often than not mainly takes place in the halls of academia. Of course, the entire process of insisting on further education has been going on for a century with no end in sight. Perhaps, every university graduate should simply be called, “doctor” and we can move on to education that actually meets the needs of human beings.