What do students think about degrees and credentials?
- A quarter of students enroll in college because they are expected to do so
- 45% of students believe workers should pursue additional education or credentials more than once a year
- 95% of college students think that credentials on top of college degrees will make them more specialized
Alfred Mai-Nguyen, B.S. Information Technology, George Mason University
When I was finding my dream job, I pretty much Googled everything. So, I looked at, OK, so these responsibilities include administering systems, or assessing the security of the network, or what have you. With those job descriptions there were mention of degrees, credentials, several certifications.
I decided to go to college because it was more of societal pressure as well as familial pressure. So, I saw a lot of my cousins, and my parents, and my uncle graduating from college and I thought it was just the right path for me to follow and take.
People who are out in the workforce like my uncle, or a few of my colleagues, few of my friends, or just people who I networked with at school, at conventions, they all say to at least get one credential a year because not only does it make you more appetizing, it has a better, I guess, reach in terms of you getting a job.
For me personally with regard to credentials, I think it's just going to help me further reach my goals in terms of making more money, reaching that managerial position, and, I mean, bragging rights doesn't hurt, too.
I think it's very important, at least with regard to IT, that you have to constantly learn and progress and improve because, otherwise, you're, obviously, going to be short of a job because the world of IT is constantly revolving and changing. So, if you don't keep up with the technology, it's just going to leave you behind and then you're out of a job. So, it's very important to at least get a master's or get more certifications. Just keep up with everything that's been changing.