Does a College Degree Still Matter?

Mantissa College-JulianHaytham

Go to school, focus on your studies, do all your school tasks, get a degree, get a good job and take care of business.

This age-old wisdom has rung throughout the years, but how much merit does it have? Does success at college or university guarantee a great entrance into the workforce after graduation? Do the best students always succeed in real life? Does a degree necessarily make you a better employee or entrepreneur?

These questions and more are on the minds of many job applicants. They consider all of the above as they attempt to define what it takes to achieve career success. 

  • Most young leaders (greater than 56 per cent) hold degrees in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
  • A specific degree doesn’t lead to greater success in the job market.
  • Successful individuals have important leadership, technical and teamwork skills.
  • More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of respondents who built successful careers within five years after graduation said they did well on academic writing projects.

The last point raises two important follow-up questions: Does the collegiate structure of tasks and assignments have anything to do with career success? And do these college experiences help people gain specific skills that make them highly suitable for the careers they've targeted?

Of course, many people wonder if it's possible to be successful in the same career field without a degree -- and some have taken their own paths to achievement. But the truthful answer to the larger question shouldn't come as a surprise: No other platform is quite as equipped as collegiate programs when it comes to providing a wealth of valuable experiences in one package. Read on to discover why.

A degree program serves as a foundation.
Millennials haven’t had much luck finding good jobs. In fact, they make up about 40 per cent of the unemployed in the United States. Millennials face huge university tuitions. As a result, many accumulate loan debt that is much higher than that of any previous generation. They often take on positions such as waitress, bartender and retail sales associate to help make payments while they look for work that's better suited to their qualifications.

Recent graduates understandably are frustrated by the fact they're likely to start at a wage lower than the nation's medium income. However, people also are aware that if they want to break into the middle class or higher, they'll need not only experience but a degree as well. Leadership, management, research and other desired positions do require university degrees.

Assignments develop workplace skills.
The lecture hall might seem far removed from the realities of the workplace, but academic assignments develop skills that are in high demand among top employers. Here are a few.

General Communication Skills. Students aiming for great career success must be able to communicate their ideas. This is an essential requirement in any job description. Interpersonal and verbal interactions set the tone for workplace relationships.

Writing Skills. Writing is a universal skill set that always will give an advantage to a job applicant. The way a person expresses her- or himself contributes to an overall impression and helps influence others' perceptions. Each essay, book report and case study a student completes will help him or she improve abilities to formulate ideas and express them in a clear, authoritative manner. Any profession requires a certain degree of writing. People send emails on a daily basis. Workers in different niches also write articles and blog posts, create presentations and communicate in writing with business partners.

Research Skills. Students who deliver high-quality projects must dig through scientific and academic materials. They find studies that support their claims, and they examine opposing viewpoints before forming their own conclusions. The ability to discover source material, apply critical thinking to the findings and develop a new solution or viewpoint is extremely important for career growth across a broad variety of fields.

Collaboration Skills. Many projects at college and university levels are becoming increasingly collaborative. Through this work, students learn how to share opinions and consider others' contributions. They balance the workload and feel responsible for the achievements of the entire group. That’s what teamwork -- and leadership -- are all about.

At Mantissa College, we deliver the Bachelor of Business Administration programme, a programme in collaboration with Paris Graduate School of Management, France. Meaning that students will have the opportunity to study with us here at Mantissa College, in Malaysia and get an accredited French Qualification. 

This BBA programme enables post-secondary school applicants, (applicants graduated from O-Level) with five (5) credits to apply directly into the Degree (BBA) programme, without the need of going through a foundation or Diploma programme.

Mantissa College’s BBA program boasts a dynamic global network of more than 80,000 alumni. One recent alumnus, Ms Cathy, says, “I took the 3-years Bachelor of Business Administration course right after my SPM (O-Level) without needed to go through Foundation or Diploma programme. The syllabus teaches me the basics elements needed in the business field. The programme also enables me to learn from real people with real problems. Thanks to the diverse and up-to-date programme syllabus, I am now capable of taking up more projects because I had been exposed to a wider perspective on handling matters from my learning experience.”

Certainly, evidence attests to the tremendous value of the BBA Programme. Between its focus on this learning style and many other desirable attributes, Mantissa College’s Bachelor of Business Administration offers an invaluable inside edge for aspiring business leaders

Click To find out more on the BBA Programme, do view the Pre-Recorded Trial Class 

Documents needed
i) Scan a copy of your SPM / O-Level / STPM / A-Level Results

To apply for the programme, please provide us with the required documents to info@mantissa.edu.my or Click Here to Submit your documents


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