ISSUE-010

College students should base their choice of a field of study on the availability of jobs in that field.


Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.


Ideally, students should be free to study any subject they desire. We can broadly interpret this statement as the following: students may choose to study whatever interests them, what they have talents in, or what they want to have a career in; they may easily change subjects of study as their interest shifts, as they later find out that they don’t the necessary skills to succeed in the field. or as they no longer want to work in that field; they may paused their college study and work in the relevant field to gain practical knowledge and experience, after which they may decide to come back to college and continue to study, or terminate it since they learn more from the actual jobs; they may already have well-paying jobs and choose to study a difficult subject for a different life experience or adventure.


Apparently. these scenarios seem far too utopian in modern societies. Surely there are students who can afford the luxury of treating their education as a side business, but for the majority, that they intend to study does not solely depend on their will. This is because education has been inevitably hurled into the swirl of a country’s overall development, and become a tool for a country to produce experts and support academic engineering, or solve urgent critical matters. like pharmacy or ecology. Because of the likelihood of landing a well-paying job, consequently, schools of business, law, medicine, and engineering have become enormously popular, and programs in the humanities and the arts are having more difficulties in attracting potential students. This hierarchy of fields of studies show not only the imbalance of educational development, but more prominently. the ways in which education serves as an indispensable instituting to the economic stability and growth of a nation. In this situation, for individual students, education is not merely for personal betterment. but crucially linked to their jobs ‘income and survival.


Should we encourage students to follow their hearts and study something that has few relevant job positions like classical philosophy, or should we try to persuade them to endure doing something they dislike simply for the sake of getting a job? For many students coming from families who are struggling with living comfortably, these are not options; I would recommend they get into the fields that lead to ample job opportunities, such as accounting for human resources. When a society has deemed education as the engine for driving forward its development. modern colleges have gradually shifted their gear away from educating talents and towards producing useful research. The days are gone when educators were trained to cultivate great minds and to create knowledgeable and innovative professionals in all fields, the success of which depends greatly on individual investment and talents. In contrast, teaching now seems not to be the primary task for college professors. For example, in many US universities, tenure-track professorship is valued not by how good a teacher is, but how much research one can produce. The tenure professorship system has also inadvertently made professors less likely to challenge themselves to be better teachers as they have less motivation to continue working on their teaching skills once they are tenured. when students come into the college working diligently with the high expectation with learning from top tier professors only to find out that professor do not treat education as a priority as they do, students should also treat college education as a means to get jobs.


My recommendation is nowhere near groundbreaking, for society has already accepted the fact that education is a student’s stepping stone for future careers, as college students, especially those in the humanities and fine arts, are often harassed by questions like “What are you going to do with the degree?”. When education has become economically [purposeful for the entire country, it should as well be financially purposeful for any student. Yes, one’s interests and talents matter, so students should consider themselves luck when their interests and talents genuinely lie in fields that offer plenty of job opportunities. However, for many, they should not let interests and talents be the main driving forces for their success in college, and they should also not consider college education as the only way to develop their interests and talents; the stakes are simply too high. My recommendation to choose majors that may potentially lead to ample job opportunities is not idea; but expedient, for modern college education has ceased to be structured to cater to individual student’s ;earning preferences and allocate equal attention and support to all fields pf study but, sadly, has become increasing utilitarian. It is time that we reevaluate what education really means and how to get the most pout of it for each student.

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