This article comes from the Campus Contributor Network. Over the course of the semester, students from across our campus outreach program will analyze their school’s finances and assess the overall return students see on their educational investments.
With the cost of college on the rise, many students are wondering if pursuing a degree is even worth the trouble. Those in doubt need not look too far for the answer. According to Time Magazine, 77 percent of college graduates agree that their education was worth the cost. Individuals with only a high school diploma make, on average, 68 percent of what college grads are making.
Not only does a college degree afford one better employment opportunities, but the college experience provides time in one’s life to develop other professional and interpersonal skills.
However, as the economy and accompanying worker expectations shift, so, too, must our higher education system adapt a modern education to fit students’ needs.
Top paying degrees
According to ThinkAdvisor, prospective students may want to look into a career in engineering or medicine if they want to bring home a large paycheck after graduation. The top nine highest-paid gigs are all within the engineering field.
Of course, it goes without saying that students should invest in a career that will not only pay well, but that they will enjoy. While a fat paycheck is certainly alluring, to say that every student should study engineering if they want to achieve success takes away from the greater college experience.
The skills employers want
According to Forbes, employers are looking for employees that work well in teams and have strong problem-solving abilities. Along with this, employers want an individual that has experience with computers and writing skills. It’s a combination of both technical and leadership skills that will land you a job in the future.
Some of these skills can be taught in the classroom. Particularly in UNR’s case, strong writing and communication skills are taught within the Core Humanities. While computer skills (such as proficiency in the Microsoft Suite or coding) can also be acquired in the classroom setting, the degree of proficiency is often tied to one’s specific area of study.
Teamwork and problem-solving skills may also be acquired within the classroom, but the majority of that development happens outside the classroom through involvement in different clubs and organizations.
UNR does, however, offer business computer skills courses at their Redfield Campus which can be taken independently. The university’s writing center can help students sharpen and hone their writing skills.
GenFKD’s new education model
To meet the need for this dynamic education, GenFKD is piloting a new educational initiative at Colorado State University, which they hope to eventually expand nationwide. Through programming that combines financial literacy, entrepreneurial readiness and technical and professional skills training, GenFKD plans to radically alter post-graduate outcomes.
Although the skills employers look for are always changing, higher education is in a perfect position to match those changes by provide the developmental backbone students need to succeed professionally.
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