Education provides solid foundation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am

Students graduating from university will usually find it easier to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily mean that university education is a guarantee of success.

Getting a higher education can undoubtedly improve communication and problem-solving skills required in business. However, if a student does not have self-discipline, he or she will not be able to learn effectively.

Imagine that there are two people applying for a job. The first has no degree but works very hard and keeps learning, whereas the second has wasted three years at university. The first person would surely do a better job.

I believe that a university education is not the only factor required for success.

Even if we are lucky enough to study at university, we must work hard to achieve success.

Terrance Chan

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Terrance. It's often said that a university education gives you the theory on how something is done, but it's not until you take on a job - and its real-life challenges - that you actually learn how to do something.

So, does that mean that you may as well skip the theory and go straight for the practical experience? Not necessarily. Having a good, solid foundation in a discipline will help you in the long run. The knowledge gained from undergraduate studies may not be immediately relevant to your first job, but it will probably be more useful later on in your career.

And when it comes to your resume, a degree is a definite advantage. If you have the opportunity to go to university, make the most of it.

Kate, Editor