There was once a time when having any sort of collage or university degree would set you apart from the crowd, highlighting your intellectual prowess and opening up a veritable sweet shop of potential employment opportunities.
But with times changing and the graduate market becoming hugely saturated, school leavers are under increasing pressure to make the right subject choices. After all, with a lifetime’s worth of debt to repay, nobody wants to graduate without a prospective return on their investment.
“At some of the most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years.”Wall Street Journal
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But when you spend all your time in the library, become anti-social you will end up getting a first class but no practical skills to face the harsh outside world.But when you spend all your time in the library, become anti-social you will end up getting a first class but no practical skills to face the harsh outside world. – @MugamboWaAfrica Click To Tweet
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There are no libraries out here and first class is not a key to success. You must be street smart. In the real world, you have to offer something of value, a practical skill or something unique!
That is why diploma guys are getting jobs while people suffer with their collage or university degrees!
According to the WSJ, “At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table”.
The outcomes were the worst in large, flagship schools: “At some of the most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years.”At some of the most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years. – Wall Street Journal Click To Tweet
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5 Reasons why your Collage or University Degree is Useless:
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- Your experience, be it on the job or off the job, is what people notice.
- Your network matters way more than your college major.
- Less than half of college graduates under the age of 25 are working at a job that requires a collage or university degree.
- People seem to think that the simple act of attending college makes you more innovative and creative. That’s simply not true.
- Many professors are far more interested in tenure and their research than they are about making sure you get the best education they can possible give you.
Stop Feeling Guilty Over Your ‘Useless’ Collage or University Degree
According to Nicole Booz, a graduate from UMD in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology, (which is currently hiding in her closet), says millennials should know better than anyone that a collage or university degree is not a job guarantee.
If you’re a university degree holder, you’re already well-versed in education inflation and the electronic filing black hole known as job applications, and you’re considering moving back home with your parents.
In the last three years since I graduated from college, I’ve used my accumulated knowledge approximately zero times. But I also wonder, why do we feel this shame?Education is a privilege, not a life sentence. Guilt is not a feeling you should associate with your education. I fully believe you can be anything and do anything you want to. – Nicole Booz Click To Tweet
You are a dynamic, ever-changing individual who — thanks to the generations that came before us — doesn’t have to believe in limits.
Nicole gives Reasons You Should Stop Feeling Guilty Over Your ‘Useless’ University Degree:
- IT WAS ONLY FOUR YEARS OF YOUR LIFE.
- YOU STILL HAVE SKILLS, AND YOU KNOW HOW TO WORK HARD.
- YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE.
- YOU HAVE A CHOICE.
- THERE IS NO COMPARISON NEEDED.
5 Most Useless University Degrees That Make Employers Ignore Your Resume:
Employers have changed what skills they look for in a candidate and your useless college degree could leave you standing in the dust while the world continues without you.
But they not in the business of providing unfortunate information without offering a solution. They’ve also included alternative, related majors that stand a better chance of impressing employers.
1. University Degree: Environmental science:
- Unemployment rate: 11.79%
- Alternative major: Natural resource management (2%)
2. University Degree: Anthropology and archaeology
- Unemployment rate: 11.76%
- Alternative major: Theology and religious vocations (6.06%)
3. University Degree: Drama and theater arts
- Unemployment rate: 11.42%
- Alternative major: Language and drama education (4.11%)
4. University Degree: Film video and photographic arts
- Unemployment rate: 11.24%
- Alternative major: General Business (6.79%)
5. University Degree: Mass media
- Unemployment rate: 10.92%
- Alternative major: Journalism (7.18%)
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List of useless courses offered by Universities in Kenya:
BiznaKenya published a list of Useless Courses in Kenya: 26 universities in Kenya are currently offering worthless University degree courses to over 10,000 students.
This has been revealed in a report by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service. The controversial courses have been termed worthless and useless mainly because they have not been approved by the Commission for University Education (CUE).
The lack of approval has raised questions on why the universities have been offering them. It also means that the affected students will earn papers they can’t use to get jobs or quantify their academic levels.
The courses include:
Bachelor of Arts:
- Political Science
- Community Development
- Development and Policy Studies
- Counselling Psychology
- International Relations
- Public Administration and Governance\
- Peace Education.
Science courses include:
- Applied Statistics with Computing
- Actuarial Science
- Natural Resource Management
Other controversial courses include:
- Management and Information
- Human Nutrition and Dietetics
- Public Health
Tom Mboya University College has the highest number of unapproved courses, with the number of programmes standing at 25.
The following list contains the names of universities mentioned and the number of useless courses offered.
- Tom Mboya University- 25
- Garissa University – 10
- Alupe University – 10
- Great Lakes University of Kisumu – 8
- Kenya Highlands Evangelical University – 7
- University of Embu – 6
- Lukenya University – 6
- Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of
- Science and Technology – 6
- Kenyatta University – 4
- Karatina University – 4
- Moi University – 3
- Turkana University College – 5
- Kabarak University – 2
- Kenya Methodist University – 2
- Mama Ngina University – 3
107 Degree Courses set to be Scrapped as CS Magoha proposes reforms in Kenyan Universities:
Prof Ongeti, a Curriculum and Learning Design Specialist, Deputy Director, Quality Assurance, Moi University thinks this debate is useless.
Last week tension ran high in Kenyan universities when print media carried headlines on ‘useless University degrees’, predicting how more than 10,000 students enrolled in the said ‘useless’ programmes risked forfeiture of their places. In the mumbo jumbo of accusations and counter accusations, no one interrogated the source of the term ‘useless University degrees’.
However, in the public court, the culprit appeared to be the Commission for University Education. When on February 20, 2019 CUE sought to clarify the issue, newspapers were at it again: ‘CUE beats hasty retreat’.Assuming the dust has settled, it is time to put the matter into proper perspective. First, no branch of knowledge is ‘useless’; they are important and complementary. Ideally, schools should never divide knowledge into subjects.
Knowledge about the world should be taught in an integrated way to enable learners fit into the world. Indeed, indigenous education was about preparation for the real world.
The Bachelor of History degree featured prominently as an example of a useless degree. Is knowledge of history useless? History is the study of our story of development as human beings. We learn history to understand the present. When we understand the past we learn to avoid mistakes we may have made in the past.
Barack Obama was an astute student of history. Donald Trump despises history and anthropology to the point that he does not appreciate that his own wife is a recent migrant to the United States of America.Similar examples among leaders of other countries are legion.
History, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy, Literature are important subjects for those who want to understand and explain what motivates human beings to do the things that they do.
Voices Of Graduates by Kenyans On Twitter
Earlier today, Kenyans On Twitter #KOT shared their personal stories in relation to career and their degreed. Here are some of their sentiments:I hate it when someone whose working and doing well calls graduates 'lazy' and other terrible names. If only they were under their shoes to know the struggle #VoicesOfGraduates – @alice_muraya Click To Tweet A degree is conferred to the graduand to confirm that they are teachable but not to secure them a job. On the contrary, the skills the graduate acquires in the process of learning enhance their chances of employment. Learning never… Click To Tweet There is nothing that hurts than sending resumes and Cover letters and receiving no feedback (even if it's negative) they are worse than blue ticks… This life #VoicesOfGraduates – @wanjikumugane Click To Tweet I would advise graduates to not only focus on paid internships. You can be a volunteer in different organisations like The Redcross, IRC and many others. These volunteer programs have a great potential of getting you the necessary… Click To Tweet Sometimes you need to think outside the box. If you can't find your dream job, why not create it by setting up your own company? Perhaps you have a great business idea or believe that your final-year project has commercial potential… Click To Tweet
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