Obtaining a university education does not guarantee career success, but does open multiple doors that could potentially allow degree holders to achieve it, said a Texas A&M International University career counselor.
Viky García, director of Career Services, said that a university education is crucial to survive in a society in which the workplace has become highly specialized.
"When hiring, employers look for hard-working people who are motivated, have goals in life and have an overall understanding of how society operates," García said, "Those who have a university degree, then, tend to be looked at more favorably by employers because they assume that someone who has a degree will have these qualities in addition to a solid education."
García said that a university education is important not only because of the theories students learn in class, but also because of the life experience it gives them.
"At a university, you grow as a person," she said, "You begin to question yourself, every practice, tradition, and custom. A university education is more than just facts and figures."
Much of what a university education does is to give students a background in numerous fields of study, García said.
"A bachelor's degree is not a technical degree and your major does not necessarily determine your future job or career," she said, "But your major will open doors so that you can choose to follow different options."
While in college, students should make themselves marketable by seeking internship or volunteer experiences that will provide them a taste of the real world, García said.
"Internships help you to confirm whether you are heading towards the right field or not," she said, "They also give you a sense of how you work and how the professional world operates. I even encourage students to volunteer or help in special projects because this will also give them an idea of what a certain workplace is like."
The Office of Career Services provides a number of services for students including on-campus recruitment, résumé referral, personality assessment, career counseling, and Internet-based job bank registration, García said.
Students interested in securing internships can also contact the internship coordinators from their respective Colleges, García said.
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