University education has for a long time been credited with the ability of transforming nation, owing to its impact of imparting knowledge on the people. In the modern world, the enrollment of people to university has risen drastically, with the rising calls for everyone attaining university education. But should every one go to university? Should everyone hold a bachelors degree? No. ideally, university education is intended to impart knowledge in people, with each and every individual taking a university course which matches his / her desires. Therefore, university education provides a competent workforce, which is more often than not linked to the highly skilled manpower. However, the market needs all the three levels of manpower; that is highly skilled, semi- skilled and unskilled labour. This is among one of the arguments which will be discussed in this essay which indicates why everyone should not go to university.
There are several reasons as to why not everyone should go to university. First of all, there are various kinds and skills required in the market, hence the need to develop all of them. The university is an academic institution, hence the reason as to why it is often referred to as an institution of higher learning. As indicated in the introduction, the university provides technical knowhow about going around something (Breen 1). In addition to this, there is a need for the execution of the knowledge which has been learned in University by another level of skilled manpower. As an example, a manufacturing engineer in a company (who graduates from university) designs the manufacturing systems, the products which are to be manufactured and manages the industry. He / she need a technician who graduates from a polytechnic to execute the designs and operate machines. Lastly, the company needs unskilled labour to package the products and also to move things around the factory floor. For this reason, it can be seen that it is not possible for the university to provide all the skills required in the market on itself, non – university institutions and graduates are required so as to ensure that the labour force in the market is sufficient. The lack of skills is a major problem facing many countries in the world, a reason as to why many of them are losing their competitiveness. As seen above, universities cannot be able to provide all the skills needed in the labour market; therefore, not everyone should go to the university.
Another reason as to why not everyone should go to the university is because of the diversity in the interests and abilities of the people. Not everyone is endowed with the brains to make it to university and study the esteemed courses there. Not everyone is interested in university education in addition to education itself. Everyone has his or her own abilities and talents; hence he/ she is supposed to go to institutions which develop the talents (Breen 1). For instance, it would be meaningless for a talented footballer to spend a lot of time in university instead of developing his skills to make it to the top leagues in the world; which are more paying than the highly regarded careers of the world. In addition to this, people have different interests, for instance some people are entrepreneurs by nature, hence are more inclined to venturing into business as supposed to taking university education. University education may come later on when the individual deems it important to have it.
In addition to the above, university education requires a good academic ability. Ideally not everyone can make it to the university because of his/ her academic qualifications. This trait is not common to all people, hence the reason as to why various institutions of learning have been established so as to take account of the varying academic abilities of the people. By the basic fact of this argument, it is seen that not everyone can make it to university. Instead of this, people tend to follow their interests and talents as indicated earlier. Moreover, the university provides an academic certification and not a professional certification which is highly regarded in the market (Hensher 1). This explains the reason as to why many companies ask for professional qualifications in addition to academic qualifications, for instance a graduate in commerce may need to have an ACCA to make him/ her more marketable. Moreover, some organization which seek for specialized skills opt for professional qualifications which are normally offered outside universities. This means that not everyone can make it to the university.
Contrary to the argument that not everyone should go to the university which has been discussed above, there is a dire need to ensure that as much people as possible have university qualifications. The labour market is slowly changing, with more and more automation coming in and the need to integrate high levels of knowledge and expertise in operations; it has become of utmost importance that organizations source for the most qualified personnel in the labour market (Weber 1). Specialized skills are being demanded for in the market more than before. The job opportunities are getting lesser and lesser each day, hence leading to a competition for the few available opportunities. Moreover, education has been identified as one of the tools which lead to personal and social empowerment and development. In fact, the most developed countries in the world have the largest number of university graduates. Because of the issues outlined above, it is recommended that everyone should go to the university so as to use education as a tool of transforming the society.
Because of the issues discussed above, universities are becoming more diversified introducing more courses so as to capture as much human interest as possible for instance entrepreneurship, performing arts (drama and music) and sports sciences. In addition to these universities are offering educations under different levels; for instance certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses which make its possible for individuals with varying academic abilities to attain university education. For this reason, ideally everyone should go to the university.
In conclusion, this essay has given the reasons as to why not everyone should go to the university. The essay has discussed about the varying academic abilities of individuals which make it not possible for everyone to search for university education. The essay has also discussed about the need for all the levels of skills in the market which cannot be provided for by universities. The essay also discusses about the different interests and talents which people possess, hence leading them to going to institutions and places which develop them as opposed to attending university. At the end of the essay a contrary argument indicating the reason as to why everyone should go to the university. Generally, the essay is successful in indication the reason as to why everyone should not go to the university.