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Is college education worth it? Show more Show less
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The ever-rising costs of a university degree, coupled with increasing numbers of unemployed graduates, has left the latest generation of students pondering over whether a college education is worth it. Do the benefits of a college degree outweigh the costs?

No, college education isn't worth it Show more Show less

The debts incurred by college tuition fees follow graduates around for most of their lives, weighing heavily on their life choices and mental health.
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College doesn't prepare students for the modern job market

The modern job market requires skills that aren't taught in academia.
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Context

The job market is changing thanks to the advent of AI. Many skills that were once taught at university are no longer performed by humans. This means many academic subjects no longer have real-world application.

The Argument

Subjects like statistics, accounting, and town planning, which previously provided candidates with skills that were central to the day-to-day responsibilities in the field, are now providing students with academic study for the sake of it. Many of these functions are now performed by computers. As more industries are disrupted by AI and machine learning technology, more university courses will soon be redundant. Students would be far better served by completing short, IT-focused courses than going to university to study an academic subject.[1]

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[P1] University courses do not provide the skills necessary to excel in the modern workforce. [P2] Therefore, they are not worth it.

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References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOouUYXB14E

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