Topic: The motivation for young people today to go on with their university/college education is merely for getting a well-paid job after graduation.
In the context of economy slump, job opportunity is always considered as the top concerns of almost everybody. It seems reasonable to think that the only reason for entering university of young generation is to get a well-paid job after graduating. Personally, I partly agree with this opinion. It is undeniable that a student can “sell” his image with a bachelor degree better than high school diploma. With current limited and demanding job market, job competition ratio is really high. In many cases, there might be hundreds of employees fighting for a single vacancy. Except you are especially outstanding or a genius to make employers invite you directly; otherwise, there is no reason for them to consider your resume without any qualification. In another word, Allister Heath even called university education “a signaling device” of employers to “filter out potential staffs” (Tell youngsters the truth: the UK needs you to work not go to university, telegraph.co.uk, 02 Apr 2013) and candidates are capable of passing through its check only when they hold qualified degrees. However, that is the only one big reason out of many others encouraging school-leavers to continue the higher education. In a research about understanding student motivation in higher education participation, besides referring the fear of unemployment as “controlled motivation”, Yit Sean Chong and Pervaiz K Ahmed also mentioned to “autonomous motivation”. That means students go to university because of their own interests, it could be the pursuit of knowledge or student-life attractions. For example, during the university recruitment this year in Vietnam, the number of application for the major of education is reported to be much higher than ever before, even though the income of an educator is absolutely not promising. For...
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