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Is coll’edge’ losing its edge?

Hannah Hansen, Staff Writer

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The importance of earning a four-year college degree seems to have grasped society for decades. The societal norm of going to a four-year college has become the standard for wealth, intelligence and, as some may argue, happiness. But is this idea of conforming to the decades of additional four-year education becoming outdated?

While the traditional requirements for career opportunities specifically highlight the need for a bachelor’s degree, the continuation of universities is coming into question. With millennials’ pockets drained by student debt, many students are finding that the after-college expectations derived from society are becoming more and more difficult to meet: bringing the idea of trade schools to the forefront of discussion.

“I don’t think that, in order to have a well-paying job, you need to attend a four-year college,” said sophomore, Finn Raney. “Trade schools, however, help you build the skills that you need [in a shorter amount of time] in order to live in society and have a comfortable life.”

It’s no secret that the employment field is drastically more divergent when compared to previous decades. Nowadays, the workplace is demanding more specialized experts than well-rounded applicants. Unless the end goal is a career that falls between medicine or law, is a four-year degree really encouraging societal growth?

With business and marketing degrees holding less meaning than they did 10 years ago, learning a specific trade is becoming the epitome of applicant material. With technology growing evermore prevalent in society, many jobs satisfied by traditional degree programs run the risk of job security. Learning a trade bypasses the uncertainty of a future job being outsourced and promotes a more stable career path that satisfies the growing domestic demand for trade professionals.

While there is still a demand for four-year college degrees, a one-size-fits-all approach to college education is not what society needs. Employers are now placing greater weight on emphasizing the real-world skills of job applicants rather than simply their educational achievements. The way students learn and the structure of the workplace are both dramatically different when compared to a decade ago. If the operations and teachings of society are changing, who says college can’t follow suit?

 

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Hannah Hansen, Staff Writer
Sophomore and first-year staff member Hannah Hansen spends her time shredding her guitar with anything from Led Zeppelin to Metallica. When not listening to Jon Bellion, Blackbear or Quinn XCII, Hansen can be found spending quality time watching “Botched” with her nine-year-old brother. With a passion for fashion, she dreams of spending her time traveling...
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