University now is seen as an essential part of an employee’s CV, and having a good degree is simply now a requirement. This inevitably leads to changing the student’s view of their degree, and in their eyes it most likely becomes something that is needed to secure a good job, rather than a chance to receive a good quality education. But these views are changing, and university is for some moving out of favour.
In the UK, it was not long ago when university was not only free, being funded by the government, but also many grants were given to those who could not support themselves financially in aid of gaining a degree. This led to a wider distribution of degrees through the different classes of Britain, an extremely class divided country, and is essential in creating a more equal society. However, obtaining a degree then was still a differentiating factor between job seekers, whereas now it is the norm to have a degree.
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This is a good thing in terms of being educated, however in terms of employment, a degree no longer demonstrates more than other people, unless it is from a good university, and so it does not mean so much to employers who either ask for a master’s degree, or no degree at all, but instead a hard working ethic and experience.
The huge increase in fees that was recently implemented has contributed to this, as going to university is now out of the reach of the majority of people who are either incapable or unwilling to pay for it, and obtaining a degree is no longer dependent on intelligence, ability, or work ethic, but rather on wealth, which is a terrible thing.
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The number of universities
The amount of universities in the UK has somewhat contributed to the diminishing value of degrees in the eyes of the employer, as many degrees are badly taught in poor universities. This means that gaining a 2:1 degree has more value depending on where it was received.