The rise in tuition fees in the UK from £3,375 to £9,000 received a lot of public attention and debate. Students and parents were among the first to condemn this adverse measure which would have serious implications on the country’s higher education system. However, a recent study by the Independent Commission on Fees revealed an increase in applications from poorer neighborhoods between 2010 and 2013. The findings suggest that less advantaged students are not put off applying to universities. This in turn should provoke us to think of the numerous benefits that stem from the investment in higher education. So, have you ever thought of the pros of being a Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate holder?
Some people would argue that embarking on higher education might be a risky pursuit ending up in a cumulative debt, especially considering the soaring tuition fees, shrinking employment prospects and so on. Nevertheless, I argue that the advantages of higher education outnumber the drawbacks.
To begin with, even during a recession, students who access higher education will more likely be able to enhance their credentials and upgrade their skills. In this way, they can benefit from many vocational programmes or internships running in their preferred industry. Such opportunities link universities with the labor market and enable students to build up and expand their networks to better prepare themselves for job opportunity when the economy recovers.
What’s more, investing in education is particularly worthy as it reinforces the innovation and productivity levels of a country’s workforce. Besides, preparing a workforce through education is an ideal means to advance a state’s economy, since universities and colleges prepare students to enter the labour market with all the suitable credentials that will contribute to the task of retrofitting the state.
How do you regard my arguments about higher education? Do you agree that higher education is important to land a top job in today's tough economy?