Do I need a higher education?

A university degree is one of the first items in most job descriptions. In fact, HR professionals do not often attach university degrees to employees' personnel files. There is a perception that universal higher education is necessary, and life without it will go down the drain. But is it really so? The approach to higher education has become overgrown with many clichés. Today we're going to look at 7 points on why its cool to be a nerd, and what they translate into in reality. To see if you need to start one.

When higher education is necessary

Getting a specialty that you can't learn on your own. And this, perhaps, is the only one hundred percent objective reason. Indeed, a number of specialties require higher education. For example, to become a doctor or a chemical engineer without lengthy specialized training is impossible. Higher education ensures a close monitoring of the skills acquired and provides a basis for practising them.

Initially, higher education was designed specifically to teach specific skills that were difficult, unreliable or even unethical to learn on one's own. Over time, higher education has broadened its scope to include a broader range of activities and professions that did not previously require higher education.

An increase in the general level of erudition. Higher education does not primarily teach a specialty, but rather where to find information and how to process it in order to learn the specialty yourself. This is one of the key skills for successful adaptation to the changing conditions of life. Of course, you can learn it without a university, but an institute gives you a good opportunity to do it in a short period of time.

If you want to learn how to learn, higher education really helps. In addition, higher education provides knowledge in general basic academic disciplines - psychology, philosophy, economic theory, sociology, law and conflict studies. A basic knowledge of these subjects in life can only help. At least for general development.

Smooth transition from childhood to adulthood. If the previous reasons apply to people of all ages, this applies only to school leavers. Adult life is different from the everyday life of yesterday's schoolboy. For many teenagers, the period of adjustment to their new status can be traumatic. But being a student can be a kind of psychological buffer to say goodbye to childhood. The reason for higher education is, of course, subjective, and does not suit everyone. But it is still a plus, because the desire to be a student, to extend the carefree youth even a little bit more is absolutely normal.

Education helps a person to acquire the qualities that distinguish us from an animal. Education helps us to become a social being.

The following functions of education are known in the world of educational literature:

  • socialising - adapting a person to generally accepted norms, traditions and values;
  • educational - introducing moral norms and the ability to distinguish between good and evil.
  • Preservation and transmission of experience: the achievements of culture are passed on from one generation to the next through education;
  • development of the creative abilities of the individual;
  • Preparation of the individual for independent life.

Education is one of the most important social institutions, through which a person satisfies a vital life need, such as the need for knowledge. This need is inherent in man by nature. From birth one learns to live in a human world, to learn to walk and talk, and to be able to express oneself clearly.

Education is an important part of society's value system. It is quality education that helps to raise a healthy member of society, a patriot of his motherland. It is through education that it has become possible to teach a profession. Society has been filled with a number of crucial professionals who can also pass on their experience to the younger generation.

When it only seems necessary

Impossibility to get a good job without higher education. If this kind of attitude is forcing higher education, it is better to think firmly or even to work with a psychologist before admission. This will help separate the real desire from the imposed guilt. Success in life depends on the ability to adapt, not on the propensity for academic success. But that's not what we mean.

Getting a good job without higher education is not that difficult, just having some skills. Doing flat renovations, for example, is a good job. Being a flight attendant on a passenger plane, responsible for passenger safety, while seeing the world is also a good job. Neither of these professions requires higher education. And the list goes on endlessly. Moreover, for some positions which do not require higher education for employment, it is possible to study at the employer's expense.

Impossibility to be a respectable specialist (and person) without higher education. Such a reason also requires psychological work. Or, again, real examples which destroy this myth. Midwives, jewellers, architectural restorers - they all have no higher education, only a secondary one. But hardly anyone would call their jobs low esteem.

Bad reasons to get a higher education

Parents said - you should. Obey your parents - good, and no one argues with this. But a person lives his life independently, and only he determines the need for education, the right specialty for him, etc. Parents, of course, can give advice, but they should make categorical decisions only about themselves.

Everyone gets a higher education. Doing something for company is not the way to success. Getting an education is a deliberate, responsible step which can seriously change your life. And this step should be based on personal goals and desires.

Higher education is a great tool that can turn you into a professional. But it is not necessary for every specialty. For example, many areas of humanities can be mastered independently much faster and much deeper than in higher education. A banal example is famous writers, poets, who did not get higher education, but throughout their lives honed their literary skills and achieved brilliant success. Technical specialists have not been spared from pursuing higher education, either. Many well-known companies can showcase self-taught programmers on their staff, who are in no way inferior to their colleagues with diplomas.

To sum up

The decision to pursue higher education should be purely individual. Some people really need it; some activities are simply impossible without higher education. Higher education is a great tool that can unlock outstanding potential. But in today's world it is possible to live a decent life without higher education, there is no doubt about that. Therefore, whether higher education is necessary or not is not a controversial question. It is a question whose decision is determined individually in each case. And the decision depends on the goals, desires and already existing skills and resources.


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