A Winnipeg Free Press article yesterday has sparked a vigorous debate.
Got the degree … Now what? by Sarah Petz features five graduates from Winnipeg’s three universities and one from Red River College. Check out the comments section under the story.
The burden of Petz’s piece is that many university graduates are learning that their education does not translate into an immediate job.
I didn’t think that was news, but I guess it is, at least once a year at convocation season.
On the other hand, Pamela Wankling, the RRC grad– from the Creative Communications program, in which I teach journalism – is already working in her field of public relations.
That’s not news, either. Thirty-five of the approximately 70 CreComm students who will receive their diplomas next week (that’s half of them, or 50 per cent, for the math-challenged) are already working in their fields. Many are employed in Manitoba, while others have landed jobs in Ontario and Alberta.
Based on the market demand, instructors are confident that many of these students’ fellow grads will be working in their fields soon.
I can’t resist an aside. To those people who have been announcing that journalism is dead: Think again.
Graduating CreComm journalism majors are grabbing jobs in television, radio, newspapers and online, in traditional companies and in brand-new ones.
That means a college diploma is “better” or more valuable than a university degree, right?
Not really. They’re different creatures.
A university education encourages critical thinking and broadened interests. A college diploma builds job-specific skills. Together they make an ideal combination.
Want a job in journalism or in almost any other field? Get a university degree. Then come to college.