Opinion vs. Facts

University grads employment


Enough already. Today I overheard a women pronouncing that if you want an education, go to university, if you want a job, go to college.  I had to bite my tongue.  I wanted to ask her, “What make you say that?”  I suspect that if she answered, she would say something like, that’s my opinion, or maybe, everyone knows that.

The point is that she couldn’t be more wrong, at least in Ontario.  Recent research from the Council of Ontario Universities shows that university grads have higher employment rates, lower unemployment rates, have grown their share of employment more than any other group, make a lifetime salary of $915,000 more than a  college grad.  University grads are more likely to be employed in a job related to their field, and 23 out of 26 disciplines, including the social sciences and the humanities had over a 90% employment rate.  If you don’t believe me, check out the COU report.

Don’t misunderstand my point.  I believe strongly in community colleges and the high quality education that they provide in our province. I know a lot of dedicated professors who teach in the college system. A university program isn’t for everyone.  Nor should it be, and we need good alternatives to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a good job.

The lesson of this little rant is that we all need to think about our assumptions.  Rather than state opinions, maybe we should examine the evidence.  Consider the source of the evidence and it’s reliability and validity.  And then form our opinions based on facts, not on assumptions.  Doing the research, finding the evidence, might help people make better decisions.


Categories: Decision-Making

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  1. I hear you in the here and now. Depending on the woman’s age her experience may have been similar to mine. In 1973 I was in college doing a 3 year computer programming course. A number of the students also in that course were Computer Science grads from a local university. The reason they were in the course was that they had theoretical knowledge up the wazoo but couldn’t for the life of them write a working computer program. That left most of them high and dry in the job market.

    This setup was of particular benefit to me as what I had in practical they had in theoretical and the exchange of knowledge made us both more viable in the job market.

    Time, computers, their programs and teaching methodologies have changed considerably since those days. I can’t speak for other industries but when computers were programmed from punch paper tape and the new more convenient punch cards some things were a little different.

    Perhaps she may have come from a different era. Refinement in some things may not yet have started.

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