By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, editor, myWestman.ca
NEEPAWA, Man. — I hold a commerce degree and during university, we had many chances to interact with those already in the workforce. Whether it was in-class presentations, networking events or hiring fairs, the message was always the same, “School is great, but you’ll learn what you actually need to know once you start working.” I don’t think that commerce grads are unique in this experience.
For many young Canadians, post-secondary education opens their eyes to life and ideas. It can be a transformative experience, but as an educational necessity for a job or career, can you have too much of a good thing? Post-secondary degrees no longer guarantee entry to the middle or upper classes and students are being saddled with increasing levels of debt as the cost of education rises.