A study by the University of Cologne found that students expect their future employers to value their credentials more than their studies.
The study was published in a recent study “Expected (signaling) value of higher education” conducted by the University of Cologne.
The students surveyed predicted that potential employers would prefer individual skills more than the topics covered in their study.
The report surveyed 6,306 students across Germany, all of whom participated via email.
These students were contacted through a popular nationwide vacancy forum where they filled out a questionnaire.
Research studied subjects such as employer expectations and educational experience
The study covered a variety of topics, including future job market expectations, their current learning experience, and issues related to expulsion from the university.
As a result of this belief, the driving force behind the students ’desire to enter the university was to obtain impressive certificates, rather than the opportunity to gain new skills and cover new material.
Students believe that these diplomas are an achievement that is more widely recognized among employers and will bring more benefits to their future career plans.
Students show “limited readiness” to study the material, in addition to what is on the exam
According to the survey, this attitude may explain the common trend of rigidity among students:
“This could explain the widespread complaints of teachers about the limited willingness of their students to study the material in addition to what is on the exam. Our findings also show that students believe that a university degree helps them get a high-paying job, gain more valuable work experience and pursue a completely different career. ”
Respondents in the study said they expect to make significant profits in the job market after graduation. The current allowance before graduation is 24.5%, which corresponds to an additional salary of 7,400 euros per year.
In addition, as a result of a significant return on investment, research has shown that changes in the cost of tuition at a university are unlikely to affect student numbers. This gives some explanation for why the temporary imposition of fees from German universities and the increase in tuition fees at universities in the UK in 2012 did not significantly affect enrollment.
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