Talking Points: Is university worth it? Do you really need a degree to get a good job?

Talking Points: Is university worth it? Do you really need a degree to get a good job?

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Andrew Wan, 13, Law Ting Pong Secondary School​​

If you want to work in a career which clearly requires a university degree such as being a biologist or engineer, then university’s worth it. Otherwise, it’s not. You do not need to get a university degree if you want to be a hair stylist, cosmetologist, or multimedia artist, but vocational experiences and associate diplomas are needed. In fact, attitude is more important than knowledge in these careers, where people need to be hard-working, patient, and experienced.


Ansar Aneeta, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Going to university is not just about the piece of paper you get at the end. You should not underestimate the whole experience of becoming self-reliant, meeting people from other parts of the world, and making friends from different walks of life. It is a life-changing experience and is undoubtedly worth it.


Nicole Or, 16, Diocesan Girls’ School

Professionals like doctors, lawyers, and accountants need specialised knowledge, and they have to pass certain admission exams to obtain a license. For these jobs, you definitely need to apply for university.

But there are many good careers that don’t require a university degree. For example, to be a real estate broker good judgement, honesty, and enthusiasm are very important. For jobs that do not need certain skills, a good attitude and work performance are more important than academic performance.


Emma Lam, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School

University days could be the best days of your life. Whether it’s worth it for getting a job and all that malarkey is pretty irrelevant, compared to the experience of learning – and not to mention the fun you can have.

If you are going to study something which is geared towards a particular profession then it is worth it. If I study something for the sake of studying it and have no idea what career path I will take, then no it isn’t worth it. Get a job and train through that employer. Otherwise, if you get a masters degree in English you might end up working as a fitness instructor, as not all degrees will guarantee you a great job. Actually, pretty much all jobs are rubbish and miserable, so I’ll stay out of the workplace for as long as I can.


Johnson Chan Chung-yan, 16, Christian Alliance SC Chan Memorial College

Many jobs require university certifications, such as doctors, teachers and lawyers. For other careers, university helps broaden our social circle. Particularly if you’re going into business, it is easier to start out by cooperating with your university schoolmates.

But there are some fabulous jobs that don’t require a certification sheet. For example, some famous YouTubers earn a lot by posting hit videos. They usually record their daily lives to entertain their fans. But for this a creative mind is more important than a university degree.


Nadia Lau, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School

Lots of good jobs don’t need a university degree if you’re willing to work hard. Marketing and sales managers can earn up to HK$100,000 per year, if you’re the kind of person that could sell sand in the desert. Salaries vary, starting at about $18,000 and reaching up to$70,000 and beyond, but you will often earn commission (extra payment depending on how much you sell) on top of your basic salary. If you want to become a sales manager You’ll need experience in sales – and have a good record of achieving targets, but you won’t necessarily need specific qualifications (aside from a grade C or above in English and maths), because it’s more about your personality – how outgoing, persuasive and likeable you are.


Nimra, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

It is essential to follow your heart and do what interests you the most as there are many good careers that don’t require a university degree. Being a writer and a journalist are good examples. Society shouldn’t be so narrow-minded about seeing a person without a university degree a failure, and give the future pillars a chance to unleash their potential.


Arora Tanisha, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

“The higher education level you accomplish the better future you will have.” Everyone says that but is it true? True, you will start with a low wage if you don’t have a university degree but you’ll have a three-year head start with work experience.


Angela Pun, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College Hong Kong

University is not worth it. People still succeed without a degree in their hands, and many people still face stumbling blocks in job hunting even after completing tertiary education.


Laraib, 16, St.Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Universities are worth it, as a university degree is the only medium for students to get a good career.

Universities acts as a pathway for students to scale new heights in education, as well as a gateway for them to embark on a new page of their lives.


Kaur Amrita,​17, St.Margaret’s Girls’​ College, Hong Kong

University is a tool to pursue our dreams but it does not guarantee success. Many people are stuck on the idea that getting a degree equals success, but that is not true. There are many careers, such as web developer, that don’t require university. All you need is some courage and determination, and you will find success.


Tang Yat-shun, 12, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College

In Hong Kong, there are a lot of jobs, such as artists working in the entertainment industry and chefs working in five-star hotels which do not require university degrees. Talents play a more determining role in these careers. For instance, a singer does not need to be a university graduate to be popular and earn big money. All he needs is a nice voice and charisma on the stage.


Sohail Nawal Aysha, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Is university worth it? Many people would say it is because it can help you secure a job as you are able to stamp that university degree on your resume. But that depends on which field you want to work in. There are lots of rewarding jobs that don’t need a university degree, such as pilots.


Kamalpreet Kaur, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

For someone who loves learning new things and yearns for knowledge, university is the perfect place. However, if you don’t like studying and can’t wait to get out of school, there are still a plenty of prosperous career options for you. After all, many famous people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates didn’t complete tertiary education, but you can’t argue that they ain’t smart or successful.

You’d be surprised how many well-paid and respected jobs don’t require a university degree. From being a flight attendant to court reporter to air traffic controller, many jobs that don’t require a university diploma can pull in high salaries. Becoming an internet star aka YouTuber can make you pretty rich but that requires a lot of hardwork and luck!


Bashir Henna, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Steve Jobs? Mark Zuckerberg? Before scaling new heights, they faced numerous obstacles. A university degree didn’t serve as a stepping stone to their promising career, their talent coupled with passion did. Some students wrongly assume that university is the solely formula to achieve success.


Sharma Bala, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Getting a ticket to university to pursue a lucrative career is what many people attach importance to nowadays. However, there are many other good jobs you can do without a university education. As long as you choose to do something where your heart lies, everything is worth it.


Sebiha Amjad, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

A comedian! There are some jobs that don’t require any degree. And being a comedian is one of them. Your job is to only make others laugh and you can’t learn how to make others laugh in universities! Many of the millionaires around the world have no degree, so why not be one of them?

But being a comedian requires you to have a good sense if humour and a tiny bit of knowledge which you probably don’t have to go to the universities to get it. So go out without a degree and become a millionaire while people are laughing their heads off just because of you!


Limbu Sajina, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Just earning a degree does not guarantee a secure employment or a demanding future.

Travel photography is a good example of a career that does not require a university degree, since, being an adventurous, creative and putting your own skills into a shape are more important.


Agisha Gurung, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College Hong Kong

No, being crowned as a degree holder isn’t the only thing that elevates one up the social ladder. Not to mention, that a handful of influential and victorious individuals around the globe , such as Steve Jobs, were not a owner to a university degree.

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