University degree does not guarantee success

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 July, 2006, 12:00am

I am writing to express my view on the article 'More degrees don't mean more money' (Young Post, March 1).

Employers value employees' qualifications, but they also look at their ability, aptitude, attitude and sincerity.

Although more degrees don't mean more money, employees should upgrade their knowledge to increase their competitiveness.

Tertiary education is not the only way to earn good money. If you waste time and money studying for degrees, why not spend it on improving your job prospects?


Methodist College

Thanks for your letter, Tracy. I wonder if you read the Face Off column in Young Post on Wednesday? Kevin and Annie debated just this point.

Kevin argued that in business, leadership and analytical skills are more important than a university degree. He said a person's ability to adapt to a working environment was more important than a piece of paper.

While Annie argued that knowledge is power and that a degree was the key to a successful career.

If you have the opportunity to go to university, I would advise you to do. But not having a degree does not mean you won't be able to have a successful career.

Kate, Editor