A new report shows that the majority of marketing and human resource managers in Britain think job applicants would be better off getting hands-on work experience or professional certificates than going to university.
The study polled 100 HR managers and 100 marketing managers, of which 53% thought that entrants to the job market would be better or equally well off pursuing professional qualifications and work experience rather than going to university to pursue a degree in an academic subject.
A follow up survey of 2,000 recent graduates found that nearly a fifth (18%) regretted going to university and wished they had taken a path of work experience and professional qualifications instead.
The study, however, was commissioned by career development body The Marketers' Forum, which plans to use the findings to back its own marketing program, which it touts as being "the smart alternative to university for young people." Their course isn't exactly free.
Whether the findings apply to the U.S. isn't clear. The median annual salary for those in marketing is $73,000, according to New York recruiting firm 24 Seven. Compare this to the cost of the nation's best marketing programs (Kellogg charges $54,000 a year, and Wharton isn't far behind) and there's no doubt that a marketing degree is expensive.
Then again, advancement in one's career, even in the marketing profession, is often dependent on having certain qualifications, without which you may find yourself passed over for a promotion even if you can get your foot in the door at more junior levels.
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Don't assume the work environment will be the same. Here are a few differences to consider.
1. Do you prefer structure or flexibility?
2. Do you like group work, or taking ownership of a whole project?
3. Which is more appealing, knowing your path or controlling your destiny?