I was just browsing through a magazine promoting diplomas and degree courses of various institutes and universities of higher learning and realise that a common thread runs through most of these articles.
There are more and more educational institutions of higher learning offering double degree majors to students.
There are definitely various benefits in implementing this, such as the following:
1. Cost savings: It is definitely more economical for students to pursue, say, a double degree in Accounting and Business in three years as compared to their peers who complete two single degrees in six years (assuming that a degree in Accounting takes three years and the same goes for the degree in Business). The duration to pursue single degrees might even be longer if it is an honors course.
2. Enter the workforce early: The earlier students graduate from the course, the faster they enter the workforce (assuming that they have no intentions of furthering their studies). This is also one big enticement for students, who often commented that they prefer to join the workforce early, when interviewed.
3. Broaden the scope of studies to enable one to specialise later: When students first graduate from schools, they are usually unsure of what they want in a career (except for those few fortunate ones who have their mind bent on a certain career or industry since, well, probably childhood). Therefore, expanding the number of possibilities in the jobs that they are able to secure before they leave school seems like a pretty enticing option, wouldn’t you say? Students can always specialise later, after they have worked for a few years. In other words, be a generalist in schools. Then transform into a specialist in the workplace. With the world moving at a frenetic pace, with some jobs disappearing and many more created, wouldn’t you say that this is a valid and sensible option? Most students say yes to this.
While noting these benefits in mind, one has to be cognizant of the fact that learning should not be expedited. Rather, it’s better to let it run its course.
Ultimately, time is the price we pay for knowledge and wisdom.
In a world of instant gratifications, having its effects spilling into the education arena should be among the last things to happen.
But then again, it’s happening – right now.