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Why Higher Education Is Still Important - Jochen Schaefer-Suren


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Why do a high number of people still go on to study for a college degree after high school? The college experience can be expensive and time-consuming.


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Why Higher Education Is Still Important - Jochen Schaefer-Suren

  1. 1. Why Higher Education is still invaluable to jobseekers Higher Education Why do a high number of people still go on to study for a college degree after high school? The college experience can be expensive and take years to complete. However a university or college education stands those college graduates in good stead when they’re job hunting: so for young people asking whether higher education is important for their career, consider the information below. Without continuing on into Higher Education, as a job seeker you may find yourself passed over for a job in favour of an applicant who has a degree or a college-level education, even though that person may have less experience. Employers place an increased level of importance on higher education as it shows dedication, willingness and ability to learn, motivation and above all it shows a desire to improve and better oneself – these are all characteristics employers value highly, and as such candidates with higher levels of qualifications are often preferred to those without. So your level of education is often paramount to future success. As far as employers are concerned, completing increasingly advanced levels of education shows that you have a drive and commitment to learn and apply information, ideas, theories, and formulas to achieve a variety of tasks and goals – all of which
  2. 2. are sought-after traits in employees. No matter what your overall career choices and aims are,there are some core skills that you will need to help you get any job. For example: ● English and language skills. These will help you to communicate your ideas more clearly, and employers want good communicators. No matter what job you’re applying for, communication skills are essential. Whatever industry you want to work in you’ll have to communicate effectively, be that to colleagues, patients, customers, or supervisors. To survive and thrive within the modern workplace, you need to be able to effectively convey your plans, ideas, and goals. ● Maths skills. Yes we all have access to calculators and computers within our smartphones these days, but a lot of jobs still want you to be able to do basic mathematics in your head. In particular if you’re considering a medical field, maths is absolutely critical: consider, if you are calculating dosages, or counting surgical supplies, you’re going to need to be able to do without electronic aids. So dependant on the industry or sector you want to work within, maths skills are imperative for a career. ● Computer / IT skills: the digital marketing job market in and of itself is huge, and the associated long term career opportunities within areas like social media make this an increasingly popular area of skills education for people to undertake. The overriding reason that continuing in education is so important, is that it’s become a basic requirement for most employers to enable you to even get your foot in the door. These days, an increasing number of employers require college-level education, and more and more employers are basing their entire recruitment strategies around attracting graduates from the UK’s colleges and universities. The fewer years of education you’ve completed, the fewer doors will be open to you. It’s genuinely that simple. From an HR and recruitment perspective, strict further educational requirements are a quick and easy way to narrow down the field of applicants, especially within industries and/or geographical locations where there are more applicants than jobs. When hiring from a field of candidates, employers prefer those who have completed higher levels of education.
  3. 3. Why has education become so important to employers? You can distil all this into one simple thought. Employers prefer employees who work hard, apply themselves, learn new things and have a proven track record of all of the above: where better to look than Higher Education graduates? We asked Jochen Schaefer-Suren, the CEO of the Hotels and Leisure Division of Principal Real Estate Europe, who take on many of their employees via recruitment drives straight from colleges and universities across Europe, for his thoughts on young people staying on in education. ‘I think it’s vital that young people understand how much greater their job and life opportunities become if they stay on in education. Whether it’s a vocational course at an excellent higher education college, or a degree course at a university doesn’t actually matter quite so much as showing those potential employers that you’re willing and able to learn and focus on learning, developing, following course parameters over a few years. It’s vital to get that education and grounding in a subject or topic so that when you enter the workplace, you already have a pool of learning and experience ready to apply to your new workplace and your new employment opportunity.’ Jochen Schaefer-Suren goes on to say: ‘In all of my own working knowledge and experience, the one thing that HR colleagues look for when they’re recruiting is your higher education skills and qualifications. It’s vital that you don’t miss out on all of the amazing opportunities you could open yourself up to simply by staying on at college or university.’
  4. 4. So find a course you love, and take it as far as you can to get the best possible opening job offer available. After all, there’s a great saying we can apply here: if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So why wouldn’t you want to have the best possible job opportunities, and the best possible life, imaginable?