Many are those who have argued that tertiary education has lost its importance to the current century.

In fact, some have predicted the ‘death’ of the university system. However, they are not going anywhere. In Ghana, the advantages of higher education cannot be underestimated.

1. Widening of knowledge

This is the main reason why one should attend university; to gain knowledge. It is the first step on the road to carving out a career for yourself. When people attend university, they learn the ins and outs of a profession or vocation. University education also allows one to gain useful skills outside their field which they can transfer to their jobs such as communication, problem-solving and planning. With many people changing jobs regularly, these skills come very handy in various fields.

2. Higher chances of securing employment

A university education also enhances one’s chances at getting a job. The labour market is highly competitive and many hiring managers will be looking for people who are highly skilled for a position. A university education with the skills it brings increases your chances over the lot for getting that job. Some institutions such as BlueCrest College help students secure internship and work placements; which also increases their chances of getting hired.

3. University education comes with networking advantages

The university environment is the most important networking platform you could give yourself. You will build a large network of lifelong friends who would become professionals in diverse areas and could be relied on for favours when you need them. At internships, students also build lifelong professional relationships.

4.  Earnings are greater

Having a university education increases your opportunities at commanding a good salary for your hard work. The monetary benefits of university education is perhaps the most measurable advantage of university education. According to a 2011 study by the Brookings Institute, “the benefits of a four-year college degree are equivalent to an investment that returns 15.2% per year.”

It also found that the median earnings of first degree holders were on average 21,000 dollars higher than those who ended at high school.

5. Builds esteem and status

A university education propels one up the social ladder and improves one’s self esteem. Some studies in the area suggest that a university education gives one the ability to handle mental exercise. High education also means improved work satisfaction and greater income levels.

BlueCrest College Ghana has offerings in certificate and diploma programmes, undergraduate, as well as postgraduate degrees in Information Technology, Business Administration, Mass Communication, Fashion and Design. Visithttp://register.bluecrest.edu.gh for more information and to apply

This article was commissioned by BlueCrest College Ghana.