If your friend has opportunities to choose majors as follows: 1) A major that is short for student to complete their study and students can get their jobs (working full-time) sooner 2) A major that requires much more time but students can be given better opportunities and job offers after they graduate. which major would you suggest your friend to choose?【2017.9.9】




There are many different considerations when young people are trying to decide on a major to pursue. While some speed-up programs allow students to graduate sooner, other majors require students to put in more time with the promise of better career prospects. If my friend is in such dilemma, I’d suggest him/her going for a major that takes less time to complete. 


The most obvious benefit would be time efficiency. Sure, I’m not saying learning should be rushed. Of course, growth takes time. But I don’t think merely staying in school for longer equals to real growth. The truth is some learning takes place off campus. So the sooner they graduate, the more time they can get to acquire skills in the workplace. Plus, people tend to procrastinate when they think they’ve got plenty of time. As Parkinson’s Law goes, work expands to fill the time you allot to it. For example, if a paper is due in three months, students usually wait till the last minute to start writing, even though they could have focused to get it done in two hours. So by setting tight deadlines and time limits, student can stay productive and achieve more.


Second, extra years spent in education can paradoxically put one at a disadantage in workplace. It has been commonly said that staying in school longer means higher earnings later on. This might be true if it’s a college degree versus a high school diploma that we’re talking about. But there isn’t much difference when both programs in question are of higher education. So in this case, working experience can be a bigger decider in terms of job prospects. Let’s say two friends pick different majors and one graduates two years ahead of another. Then two years later, while one person would have been handling major responsibilities for a big company, the other one would just leave school and take an entry-level position. It is because less work experience at the start of one’s career can make it harder to compete against older workers.


Sure, more school time may come with certain benefits. I know some longer programs offer pretty good learning experience and internship opportunities. If one is really into certain major, even if it takes longer than expected, it would be worth it. But let’s face it, many people choose to stay in school longer simply as a kind of buffer. They fear the rejection in job interviews. They shun the harsh reality. They try to convince themselves that I could score a better job offer if I learn more in school. But the truth is, the real lessons about work ethics cannot be learnt in school. The longer they wait, the less likely they are going to adapt to their future careers.


To sum up, for the sake of time efficiency and career success, I think my friend should give speed-up programs a shot. (Baolei)







其次,多读几年书反而会让人在职场上处于劣势。人们普遍认为在学校呆更久意味着以后能有更高的薪水。如果我们所说的是大学学位与高中文凭相比的话,那么或许是这样。但如果两个谈论的项目都是高等教育,那就差别就不大了。这时候,工作经验才是决定职场前景 更重要的因素。比方说两个朋友选择了这样两种不同的专业,一个比另一个提前两年毕业。两年后,一个人可能已经在一家大公司身居要职,而另一个人刚毕业,却只能做最底层的(入门的)职位。这是因为刚入职场的经验不足使人很难和老员工竞争 。




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