College Education vs. Technical Training Essay

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College Education vs. Technical Training A few years ago, the DeVry technical institute released a commercial that compared two brothers in their educational pursuits. The younger brother started school at DeVry and graduated in two years. The older brother had chosen college and was still stuck in his dorm room studying history while his younger brother worked on the future. The question this commercial presented was obvious, why waste all that time in a university learning trivial facts which don’t apply to the real world when you can bypass it and still learn an important skill. That is an interesting question to consider, especially in such a hi-tech world. But is job training all one needs to know to be successful? What are the…show more content…
Let’s compare someone that is university educated with one that has been highly trained in a specialized field by DeVry, working in the same entry-level position for the same firm. Both might very well start out with the same salary, and the DeVry student might even be more knowledgeable about technical requirements of the position. As the two employees progress the university graduate is more likely to establish herself as a sophisticated communicator that is able to exchange and express ideas, solve problems and interact logically with others. The DeVry graduate will likely posses some of these skills but they will not be nearly as developed as her university counterpart. The university graduate might also co-exist better with her fellow-workers since she has a better grasp on group relations, collective behavior and leadership from courses like sociology and psychology. With the ability to showcase these skills in the work place would allow for more upward mobility and the monetary and personal gain that come with it. A university degree would also allow for more job flexibility in times of unemployment due to cutbacks and layoffs. A DeVry graduate in the same situation might find that her highly developed skills are not immediately applicable in very many different fields. All of this is just a theory of how a college education is superior
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