To Degree Or Not to Degree? That is the Question

Well, here is the thorny issue of whether one should get oneself a better education and degree qualified in order to compete in the workplace and stand out from the crowd. It’s a tough market out there and it’s an employers’ market – they can pick and choose who they want and, increasingly, they are opting for graduates.I’d just like to comment on a couple of people who I’ve worked with over the years; both of which were degree qualified. One of them had two degrees in fact; neither of these degrees in subjects that I’d ever heard of or subjects which she used in her occupation. She readily admitted that she couldn’t remember any of her course material and that she could also not spell or punctuate a sentence correctly. She was also lazy and frankly not a great advert for higher education. The second person was degree educated in animal care. This person thought that having a degree rendered her middle class which opened up a whole other debate. She was also pretty useless at her job and had about as much common sense as my nan, god love her.What does a degree prove I ask people? Does it make someone more intelligent than their peers without a degree? Does it give them a badge to wear, a belonging or added gravitas? I think some people see it as a status symbol which puts them in an elite group; a cut above the mere plebs who didn’t get the chance to go to University or who deliberately chose to go to work. I have had conversations with people who feel that, because they have a degree, they are far superior to those without. Someone said to me recently that being degree educated means that you can have a better class of conversation with people who are equally qualified and that you have a common bond.In my opinion, professional qualifications are far more important and, accompanied with experience in a role, they far outweigh anything that anyone could achieve on paper in the form of a degree from any higher education organization. Professional, competence-based qualifications prove that you are competent at the tasks you perform in your job. They are skills-related and they demonstrate to people that you have ‘proved’ your worth in that field.On the grounds of the ‘degree makes you a cut above’ argument, if I’m a project manager and have a degree in leisure studies, does this mean I make a better project manager because of my degree than someone with a PRINCE2 project management qualification? If I have been doing the job of a qualifications’ manager for ten years but seek a promotion and can’t make it because I don’t have a degree, would going out tomorrow and getting a degree suddenly enable me to do that job more effectively? I would argue ‘no’ to both questions.I have been involved in recruitment and I have interviewed those with and without degrees. I can honestly say that, for the types of roles for which I have interviewed, there has been absolutely no one who has ever impressed me with their degree over and above someone who has experience and a proven track record of being good at what they do. If someone was applying for a job as a forensic scientist, then of course you would expect them to possess a qualification which demonstrated their level of intelligence and knowledge of the complex subject matter; the likely scenario being that they would need a degree in a related field. But if someone was applying for a job as an events’ manager, then why would a degree be required? I could find you thousands of qualified and experienced people who could manage events who have never been near a University and who don’t need a degree to do their jobs effectively.If, in ten years time, 50% of the population of the UK is going to be degree qualified, does that not devalue the degree to the extent that it’s just not worth the paper it’s written on anymore? Is it not the same principle as the GCSEA grade, which seems to be more and more the norm and makes you question its worth?I’m also a believer that there are degrees and then there are degrees. Someone in my family has a Masters in Physics from Durham and a Theology degree from Oxford. You cannot possibly tell me that this can be in any way compared with a third in tourism. I just won’t accept it. It’s a nonsense to even begin to compare them.And do people put on their CVs, “yeah I got a third in sociology and messed about for three years”? Of course they don’t. They embellish their degree or they hide the real truth because the word ‘degree’ on its own seems enough to pull the wool over a lot of people’s eyes. I think it’s such a shame that the genuinely intelligent people out there who have worked extremely hard for their degrees and have gone on to use them wisely and paid back their fees should be up against those who went to Uni for a bit of a laugh, larked about for a few years and walked out with the bare minimum at the tax payer’s expense but who then have the audacity to expect the right to a better job on the back of it. I would go so far as to say the latter category of people infuriates me.So what’s the point of this ramble? Well, if having a degree makes people so superior, then why can a huge proportion of graduates neither spell nor punctuate correctly? Basic functions which intelligent human beings should be able to carry out don’t necessarily seem to follow in the degree educated. Why is their general knowledge so embarrassingly poor? What has University taught them? What has the tax payer’s money provided them with?In this nationwide attempt to show equality to all and allow more and more people the right to a University education, we are allowing people to take degree courses who have no intention of using the knowledge afterwards and probably just didn’t know what to do after school. And if you must do a degree for the sake of something to do, then please don’t look down at others who don’t have one. Having a degree does not give anyone the authority on a particular subject. It means they passed a series of written assignments and studied a subject for a period of time. Lots of very intelligent people don’t have degrees but have immense knowledge and intelligence in a particular area.And to all those who have gained degrees and used them wisely to obtain jobs in related fields where the degrees mean they can do their jobs much better than those without degrees, and who are genuinely intelligent and deserve their qualifications, that’s fantastic and is surely why degrees were developed.Let the debate go on!

Elementary Education at School or at Home

Elementary Education at School or at Home

It has been said many times that young children are very impressionable, and learn best while they are young, but what does that mean when it comes to elementary education? As parents we always want the very best for our children, but what is the best when we are considering elementary education for our offspring? This can be a very difficult decision to make, but don’t worry, it’s only one of many, many decisions you’ll have to make as parents!

Elementary education is no doubt of extreme importance, as everything a child learns in these early days is built on as they get older. It is therefore of great importance to choose the best way for your child to get this education. Many parents nowadays feel that they can offer a better education at the elementary level at home rather than use the public education system, but is it really the best way to go? We’ll take a look further here.

Elementary school teachers are trained to teach elementary children, and the training is detailed and thorough. However, not all of these teachers are able to teach the whole range of subjects, for example they may not be musically inclined. But are you? Have you been trained in how to teach, and do you know what to teach? Can you teach all subjects? Is your math good enough? What about your art training? Now the actual teachers your child is assigned at school must play a big part in your decision, so it is necessary to meet with the principal, the teachers, and if at all possible, visit the classrooms while the teachers are teaching. This is not always possible, and it can be very disruptive having strangers in the classroom, but not that many parents actually visit the school during class. You need to see what your gut reaction is to the teachers. Are they people you feel comfortable with, are they easy to talk to? There are lots of questions you will want to ask I am sure. Is the teacher going to be teaching all subjects? Are they qualified to teach the specialist subjects like music and art? Do they encourage parents into the classroom? Do they have field trips? And the questions go on.

You then have to consider being the teacher at home, and there is a great deal to be said for home schooling. Certainly the ratio of teacher to child is fantastic. One on one is definitely better than 1 on 20. A home schooling parent can provide a quality education, especially in the early years, when the curriculum is not too specialized. But what concerns me most isn’t the education of the main subjects that home schoolers receive as much as the education in socializing that may not occur. When children are taught at home, they do not necessarily learn how to cooperate with others their age. They might not learn how to cooperate with a large group of children. They may never get the opportunity to be part of a large group activity, like the whole school producing a Christmas show. They may never get to meet with others of different upbringing, and while tolerance of others can be taught at home, it is perhaps somewhat easier in a school environment.

There is a lot more that will go into your decision about home schooling an elementary child, and more can be read at the website below. Elementary education is extremely important, and it deserves a thorough review by all parents, not just those considering home schooling for their child.

A Guide To Online Degrees – Advantages of Earning A Degree Online

The online degree’s unique features have made it a popular learning mode for busy professions to earn their degree for career advancement. The online degree programs are growth rapidly and is a today’s learning trends and the best alternatives for traditional class-based learning. What are these features that bring the advantages that made online degree program a choice for many online students?Let review some key advantages of earning a degree online:1. Study AnywhereThe online degree programs allow the student to study from home or any place they like as long as they have access to internet. This is the key advantages that many online students see it and decide to go for online degree program than the traditional college program.Many people after starting their working life have many commitments to take care: job, family, children education, home mortgage, car loan repayment & etc. It gets harder to go back to school to get our University degrees as quitting our current job is almost impossible and holding your current life style just to go ahead with a college degree is another “No-No” decision. Online degree programs which enable us to study from anywhere match perfectly with our need of getting a degree without giving up our job and lifestyle. That’s why many busy people like us choose to pursue our degree online.2. FlexibilityYour busy working schedule sometimes makes you hard to fit a regular schedule for certain routine. In addition, your job may require you to frequently travel to other locations or countries. This means attending regular classes like what is needed in traditional college learning will be your road block to stop you from go ahead with your degree earning. Flexibility of online degree program that allow you to plan your learning schedule at your own pace is one of key decision for busy working people to go for knowledge enhancement and getting their degree for career advancement.3. Saving MoneyYou have the ability to study from home and you don’t have to commute. Since you don’t have to commute you save money on gas, which is become a huge issue now that gas prices are soaring. Most of learning materials are supplied in electronic texts which will save you some money needed to buy the printed text books. Comparatively, online degree program’s tuition fees are lower as compare to traditional degree courses.4. Earn More Than One Degree At The Same TimeIf you can manage your time properly, you can earn more than one degree offer by difference universities through their online degree programs. If you have a degree on your career related field, you are at a better position when goes for career advancement or job promotion as compare to your other colleagues. And if you have more than one degree on the related knowledge that needed for your moves, you will have a better chance to success when come to educational background assessment by the employers or bosses.In summary, study online gives your many advantages over a traditional college program and it is designed especially for busy working professions to earn their degrees using the enhance internet technology. But, the fact is, not all online students successfully complete their online degree program. There are some characteristics that you need to have in order to success in online study. Check out whether an online degree program is right for you in our next article, “A Guide To Online Degrees – How to be A Success Online Student”