Youth Unemployment: Does a University Degree Make Any Difference?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

When youth unemployment is high, it’s easy to understand why many students start to question whether their degree is of any value. Statistics show that graduates often end up with higher salaries, but some people may still decide that it’s better to skip university, and try to find work as soon as possible. If you’re struggling to decide whether a university degree is really worth your time, consider the following four non-financial reasons to pursue qualifications, even if the job market is poor.

Helps you set the right career goals

Two or three years at university can make a big difference, when it comes to carving out your career goals. Further education helps you set your sights on a specific role or industry, when you otherwise have no real idea about what you want to do. Many young people struggle to find jobs because they can’t decide on the direction they want to aim for. Time spent at university can make a big difference in this process.

Develops a range of useful skills

You learn a lot of things at university, but it’s not all about the academic stuff. Your university years also offer the opportunity to develop many other skills. During your time at university, you can often lead groups or activities, and broaden your management skills. You can quickly broaden your communication skills, and you also show that you can commit to longer-term goals. Many employers favour university students because these young people already have evidence of their dedication and commitment.

Broadens your network

The time you spend at university creates lots of opportunities to meet useful new people. Many universities develop close relationships with local businesses or professional organisations, which makes it easier for you to make useful new professional contacts. You can also develop much stronger future contacts with fellow students because university unites people who want to progress. Everybody has to go to school, but further education is optional, so university students are more likely to study with people who share their interests.

When jobs are hard to find, some people worry that employers favour experience over education. Young people may draw the conclusion that there’s no point going to university, but this type of education is still a good way to boost your career prospects.

If you are unsure of you are unsure of the career paths available to you on completion of your university degree, why not meet with an experienced Career Coach from Résumés for Results to discuss your career options.

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