If you attended college. Did the education you received in college, prepare you enough to feel comfortable once you got into the career path you took?
Some people go for advanced training or even just years of college to pursue their careers and I would just like to know if people think its beneficial to have attended college for the career they went into.
It all depends on the field which you enter. Health fields usually require some sort of clinical training during undergrad/graduate education. However, you will still need post-education training through work experience, residencies, or externships. Personally, school provided me with basic skills, but mainly critical thinking skills which prepared me to build upon these skills after completing my programs.
1. Specialized areas ( Technology, Medical, Law etc..)
2. Generalized Areas ( Business , Marketing, Management, Consulting etc.)
Specialized Areas: Due to nature of the work you will be ultimately performing, college degree in those specific areas are essential to understand the basics, gain expertise. Decisions you have to take in the job could have an impact in the lives of the people and you will be liable, so proper credentials from a college degree with specialized certification could equip you to be successful in your career..
Generalized Areas: Typically on the job training is most effective for these positions, as you would gain more insight from the actual work experience. Being multi-lingual , good at business writing, communication skills will assist you.
Another approach is to assess the cost of the education against the salary that typical job groups earn based on the level of education and experience. here is a website that you can utilize to assess different areas -
Measuring the value of education : Career Outlook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)
Yes, I believe that the major that I took did help me with the occupation that I selected. Matter of fact, I believe that it helped with the various occupations that I held in public service.
There are several major academic elements, within my college education and major, which assisted me. One, was the ability to write and communicate at a professional level. Many of my college professors challenged me to become a better writer, and this definitely helped me when I got into fields such as law enforcement and college education, where it was essential to be successful.
I believe that many elements of a major and college education, can be utilized in many jobs. Economics, helped me to perform Cost-Benefit Analysis, which was required to make rational decisions in purchasing supplies and other resources.
Math, taught me how to perform accounting and budgeting, especially when we need to track how much we spent or needed to spend in a budgeted year. Knowledge of computers and technology, helped me in designing programs to track and monitor attendance and participation.
I know some people might say that their major or college education did not prepare them for their occupation. But that fact is, if you look close enough, it actually did. Yes, there will always be a learning curve for everyone, but once you get assimilated to the job, things will improve.
My college major also taught me how to manage stress and deadlines. Professors always had deadlines for projects to be turned in, so my college major taught me how to pace myself, complete the assignments and how to adapt to the stress involved in completion of these projects.
So, I definitely felt, that once I got into my career path, that I was well prepared to work through the responsibilities and assignments that I received as a member of the public sector. I truly believe that no matter what occupation or career path you choose, college is an great training ground to help you achieve great things in your future career. Everyone will be somewhat uneasy to begin with, when they enter any occupation, but overall my major helped prepare me for success.
I believe that attending college and getting your hands on field experiences of your career choice comes hand in hand. While college may not provide you with true and practical experiences for the job, it equips you with the necessary technical skills (hard skills) that you may require once you start your career journey. While industry specific knowledge can be learnt online, there are many elements that you won't get to experience if you are not exposed to a real-life experience. So, yes, college is definitely beneficial in providing you skills you require, but that is not the only means to your end! It lays a good foundation for you, and the rest will boil down to how much effort you put into understanding your career of choice and how you find opportunities to get some skin in the game.
It's also not just about education; I think it's quite rare to walk straight out of college into feeling comfortable in a role - it usually takes a little bit of time and often some role-specific additional training before you really feel comfortable. I don't think that training and experience stands alone though, the educational grounding still plays a big role.
In the college, in addition to the knowledge and skill you can learn, it would training up your critical thinking and analytical skills. It is essential on any careers.
Also, you can establish network with other schoolmates when attending classes and extracurricular activities. It would be your asset in the future.
You can also gain experience to organize activities if you joining different interest clubs. This can give some highlights in your cv especially when applying for your 1st job.
Having said that, for some professional careers, e.g. Medical, Law, Architecture, Accounting, etc., you would need a bachelor degree to obtain the professional qualification.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
I guess it depends on what you major in.
If your major is related to a profession such as veterinary science, accounting, etc., what you learn at college will help you a lot in understanding the basics when you start your career.
On the other hand, the majors such as business admin helps you to learn more general things during your career like… how to approach a problem/project, how to find a best solution, how to build relationships with people, how to collaborate, and how to develop a presentation skills, etc.
Both may not give you enough confidence or comfort when you start your career as real daily life in your job would be different from you you learnt. However, it will help you to understand the basics.