What every student should know about university

Let’s imagine you’re an ambitious teenager. Who’s fresh out of high school. Your goal is to have a successful career What’s the best way to maximize your chance of achieving this goal? The correct answer is to go to University Now, I know this path sounds outdated Especially when universities are so expensive and when you have all these other learning resources online for free But in reality this path has never been more fitting because right now people who have a Bachelor’s degree earn 60% more than high school finishers That’s an extra seven hundred thousand dollars over the course of a lifetime and this gap is only set to get larger they are also three times less likely to be unemployed and They tend to be more satisfied with their jobs too. Why then, are so many people complaining about degrees being useless Why are they thought to only teach books and neglect real life skills? These are baseless accusations either. One meta-analysis of around 300 studies found there was only a Low correlation between a person’s education level and how well they perform on their jobs So, is university worth it or not? to figure this out We firstly have to understand the real reason why university graduates are doing so much better in life The universities would like you to think it’s because students are taught skills which are valuable in the job market But with anecdotally and empirically this just isn’t happening. For example consider a degree in IT One survey of around 40,000 programs, asks: where did you learn your skills? And by far the most common response was “I learned it myself”, with 69% of people claiming to be either partly or fully self taught The next most common answer was “On the job training”, and only after, the people acknowledge the bachelor in computer science in fact around 3/5 of Programmers didn’t even have an IT degree clearly Universities aren’t that essential to the process of learn Also, take a look at a degree in education It’s surprising that out of a hundred and seventy studies only 9% found that teachers with higher University education were better at teaching the majority of them found No effect and some of them even found a slightly negative effect This means that both bachelor’s and Master’s degree, don’t do much to improve the quality of teachers Sure there are exceptions, for example, teachers who’ve had more Maths related coursework are better at teaching Math You can see this because the students score higher in Math tests But the same paper that said that, found no such evidence for English, History or Science So while this degree might teach some schools, by and large is quite useless Now I’m not going to go on and say that a medical degree is also completely useless But unfortunately with the way that the course is set up, a large portion of it is specifically at undergraduate degree You must complete before you enter medical school. This degree can be in any field you want But to make the most of it, most students studied biomedicine, so they have some sort of foundational knowledge Some students though, will get a degree in something completely unrelated like film studies or political science but in the end whether you choose biomedicine or film study, it makes no difference As research shows, both groups of students will score equally on the clinical exams by third-year Both groups will also be scored equally by their supervisors during internship In fact getting a high GPA in undergraduate years is barely Predictive of a student’s lated clinical skills in hospital and yet medical schools won’t let you in unless you have one So once again if these degrees are teaching you anything, What gives degree holders their huge advantage? The answer lies in Signalling Theory, a theory which won the 2001 Nobel prize for economics It states that while a degree itself isn’t worth a lot, what it signals to others is See a good recruiter knows that degrees are hollow and don’t really prepare graduates for the job But with potentially hundreds of applicants. They need a quick way to separate a good employee from a bad one They can’t use IQ unless they want to get sued so they use the next best thing: a degree Because even if they’re useless people who choose to attend university tend to be smarter in the first place They’re also probably more motivated for their career, more accustumed to deadlines, less likely to do drugs Harder working, and so on. And while this filter works, it creates a deeply flawed system For the employers one day an outstanding candidate is going to apply for the job and it’s going to get rejected simply because he didn’t fulfill this superficial criteria As for the employees, well, they’re now forced to get a degree To stay competitive regardless of whether it’s useful or not And this is no easy sacrifice either For some it costs their whole life saving and for all it wastes our most youthful years So what can we do about it? Well someone said we should ban employers from asking about University credentials Just like how he banned them from asking about religion or politics Perhaps then, people will stop mindlessly substitute a degree for the actual learning or skills But as this won’t happen any time soon let me suggest some personal advice Don’t listen to anyone who says that it’s important to study hard and get good grades in University It’s a waste if all that’s really important is the signal instead aim for the bare minimum And more importantly use the spare time to focus on the other opportunities that universities offer For example if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up. That’s fine But use this time then to experiment with different courses and figure out which fields genuinely interest you Or perhaps you want to improve your social skills if that’s the case Universities are one of the best opportunities you’ll have for socializing with multiple clubs and societies and a diverse range of people to interact with Alternatively you could apply for an internship to get some job experience You may even start your own project like a YouTube channel or a startup company? all these aspects of University Aren’t really emphasized to us and yet all of them would be a better investment of your time Because ultimately what you do when you’re not studying is what you learned the most from So make sure to get the most out of your time at University Hey guys, if you want more psychology videos to check out head over to psych2go and see what they’ve got I hope you’ve enjoyed this video till next time take care

100 thoughts on “What every student should know about university”

  1. this is so inaccurate. Of course, most IT skills you learn on the jobs are self-taught but without a degree to motivate you to study and self learn, you will have a much tough time getting a foot into the industry. Also, good luck getting a job without a degree. College is expensive not because it teaches you valuable skills but more because you get a certificate that suggests you have those skills, regardless if you actually have them or not.

  2. What if you want to go on to work in academia? do research and write papers and maybe even teach a university course yourself? How are you supossed to go about doing that if you don't go to uni? What about becoming a lawyer, how do you teach yourself the skills required to do that? With more vocational jobs, yeah, maybe a degree isn't quite as neccessary, and I do agree with some of what your saying, but I think your taking it way out of context and going to the extreme. There ae some things that you just can't teach yourself, and even if you can, it's going to be a lot more effiecient for someone whose already been throuigh the system to teach you.

    MOreover, some peopple want to go to uni for the experience adn the learning and the lifestyle, not just to spend 3/4 ywears of their life preparing for a job.

  3. University teaches you an important skill, and that skill is – how to be an adult. If you manage to pass university and score high grades, it means you had the intelligence and will to force yourself to study, when university professors didn't give a rat's ass whether you pass or not. Yes, this is signaling, but it's signaling very important information about who you are. Similarly how "signaling" shenanigans are also important in the army, when your self-discipline and will grants you the necessary qualifications and reputation to become a commanding officer, instead of staying a private.
    Studying a profitable degree is a good idea in sheer numbers. But if it's aimed at a profession you won't enjoy… then what's the point? There's plenty of successful doctors who hate their jobs, simply because their parents forced them to become doctors. Study whatever best fits your interests (except for gender studies though), and prove your personal qualities through that degree. Whether you find a job or not in that field however, will entirely depend on you, but will not necessarily require you to, to be successful. I did a degree in International Relations & Politics, but I'm currently working in Robotics at a large multinational corporation… does that make me unhappy? No. Does that make me unsuccessful? No. In university I learned what I was/am interested in, and in career-sense I'm pursuing all the other things that spark my interest.

  4. Underground, right below most universities in America and many throughout the world, the jews have secret facilities in which they conduct ilegal human experimentation, torture, etc. of unwilling victims. Some of these human experiments include: crosbreeding of humans with certain animal species such as dogs, for example. They also use humans to experiment on to test chemical reactions that will be put into popular everyday products, biotech experiments, and other crude and punishing experiments in the name if "scientific advancement".
    Yes, right below your favorite university you can almost hear the torturous painful screams and pleas of inocent victims…if you listen closely enough.
    Listen, the entire university system is completely under the control of the jewish community.
    Start digging.

  5. To al the people who are complaining about this video- sources are in the description. Also, just simply put- you have tounderstand the mechanisms of learning. What the essential argument here is that you are not learning efficiently in the college system because the way in which they teachis so broken- all of whichcan be supported by peer studies (Jeck a journal source)

  6. I can't just aim for the bare minimum! If I don't keep up an average of at least 2.75/5, I lose my government funding. Besides software development companies make you take tests to see if you're fit for the job so knowing just the bare minimum won't be worth shit.

  7. I actually agree with most of what was mentioned in the video. One thing I was unsure about is having your GPA on your resume/job application, would that not also be a deciding factor for employers when evaluating the many applicants they receive, or are u assuming that employers known University degrees are hollow and do not think your GPA is an accurate representation of what an applicant may know. Don't get me wrong tho lol, I pretty much agree with the rest.

  8. 1) It's a known fact that programming, no matter where you learn it is a mostly self taught skill.

    2) As a teacher you have to understand and be able to explain the very basics o your field of study. Higher university education might do the opposite of helping you to do that since the level you are on is even further apart from your students's
    Furthermore, teachers with higher degrees often were striving for a different career, failed and are now punishing their students for their own failure to achieve their goals.

    Other than those two exceptions, a higher degree always means better job opportunities.

  9. I am almost in middle school and I think I set my goal too high, I want to got to Stanford when I can’t even become a straight a student, I am so close! I need to get better at grammar because English isn’t my first language and I live in America

  10. I don’t think I’ve ever heard worse advice. Education opens so many more doors in life than just a job or career. It’s actually allowed me to see the world as it is and form my own opinion. If you are fortunate enough to be going to school or went to school, use it to help other people who aren’t as fortunate. It’s a shame that some people think that doing the bare minimum if the beast way to go about life. Tell me which enlightened philosopher or abolitionist got their ideas across by doing the bare minimum.

  11. I feel like the people completely skipped everything you spoke on in the the whole video and then chose what they wanted to complain about. Your point is that if you are getting a degree just to get one, then do that and focus on self learning (which many people do not focus on) and, the part everyone missed is that if you are in your degree to learn and it is necessary for you work then achieve that. Most people say degrees are useless coming out of college, your point is even though it is superficial most of the time, it is still something that gives you an advantage over others and thats something to value. What most people are commenting and complaining about is that you’re not appealing to them directly and they are trying to fit this message to themselves and into their own field of study like engineering. This video wasn’t about those people, this video is about the vast majority who have a degree and no direction or they are thinking of quitting. Glad this discussion can be had openly.

  12. what isn't expressed in this video is the common denominator in success between people who work hard to get good grades in university versus people who work hard outside of university-that being those willing to do HARD WORK!

  13. man i think you sent the wrong signal… its not that people should aim for a C+ or B. sure study, but dont CHASE the A+. it useless. like. literately useless outside the academic industry. if you want to get to a good uni or somthing sure, then its usfule. but outside that. no worth while company will reject you because you got a and avrage B in computer science. or B- in math. they are just looking to weedout people that arent able to grind on a hard task or arent willing to do things they dont like, and yes. thats a usefule thing for an employer to look for.

  14. In my field, I had to go back and finish my degree to move upward. Working while attending school helped to reinforce what I was learning and to identify areas that were useful. Can't say how much I'd retain if I only attended school. So I'd agree that doing the 'minimum' and focusing on internships would be better for growth as well as a better use of your time.

  15. Don’t know about you but I want my own dance company and I would maybe like to teach in the future, the extra skills and training will be amazing to gain, teaching opportunities around the world and more and you learn so much things. In the UK you need to have a degree to be able to be a teacher in a school or college etc. My point is I think you are wrong saying university is useless, yes, it is expensive but I think it’s very useful. In England, not everyone needs a degree for every job but I’m trying to aim high and get good grades so that the sky is the limit in this field for me. Also, I want to work abroad so having a degree is a great accomplishment because it is hard work and time. Don’t ever tell someone they should aim low – that’s just a load of rubbish. If you’re going to do something give it 100%

  16. Most of this advice is not applicable for jobs that require qualifications. Take medicine for instance, you simply cannot enter the field without school training.

  17. SCREW COLLEGE. I ALMOST dropped out of HIGH SCHOOL mid-way as I was already making $4500 per month net profit from importing and selling watches. I had the WORST GPA of my entire cohort and the WORST GPA ever achieved by a student in my school's 16 years history. My classmates hated me for I was always terrible with project work and I would often outsource my school work to virtual assistants while I worked on my business/investments.

    With that said, I hit seven figures in CASH net worth (pure cash net profit, not those fancy real estate net worth with high leverage which gets added into your net worth calculation nor seven figures in gross revenue which many business owners/ecom guys like to do). I hit seven figures CASH when I was 21 years old. No college for me.

    Formal education will make you a living. (which is very debatable with the current economic situation). Self-education will make you a fortune.

    If you would like to discover how I achieved seven figures CASH by 21. My channel shows how it is done. Plenty of money making videos.

  18. I think that for science you will need a bit more time to learn it that is said here. If someone desides to go after a physics degree you can't say that all those years of practice, study and experience given by your teachers on the uni is less effective then being selfthought.

  19. in my experience of university soo far I have found that all classes are useful and I couldnt have learnt all this myself

  20. You need a unuversity degree not because of the worthless topic but to get high salary job easy and fasterrrr after

  21. Why are you show negativity on university, just want people to skip Uni don’t allow him to fool you, only because he didn’t get into university himself

  22. I've done one course through my 4 years at this hell chamber that I actually found useful knowledge for the field I want to go into. University has been the greatest waste of time and the biggest thing I regret. It's turned a field of science that I found so much interest in into one that I never want look at for the rest of my life. I hate this place. All I'm getting is a piece of paper and a severe case of depression at this point. Thank you university, very cool

  23. My university of toronto biochemical engineering bachelors degree and my Stanford medical school masters degree and my Yale PHD give me a wide range of jobs over someone who doesn’t. Just saying

  24. I’m an industrial engineer, I can say you are dead wrong about the “bare minimum” part. Any good engineering company will look at GPA as the first thing to get hired. Anything below a 3.2-3.0 will be a HUGE red flag. The most important thing on your resume as a college student is your GPA and experience. As a stem major, your time is best spent maintaining a 3.5 or greater and getting internships. Never settle for the bare minimum because then your just another worthless applicant

  25. This video was amazing. I came upon it because I've started to realize how I'm really not a university person. Not because I'm antisocial, not because I'm not motivated, and definitely not because I don't care to learn. I'm actually studying mathematics and I simply find myself learning the most on my own. I don't like being in a squared room or lecture hall for lectures that aren't always useful, the quality of teaching from the professors have also been extremely varied. In the end I find myself to be my own most dependent and reliable resource for learning. I learn and understand more when I read at my own pace and focus on my own weaknesses, rather than go through this crazy pace with everything at university because that's what it feels like the system is doing to me- force me to memorize and get a degree, not to actually learn and understand with the way the program is set up. It stresses me out. Not everyone is the same so if the system works for you, then great. If it doesn't, then find ways to excel in your own light. Get creative!😊 Wonderful video.😊🌞🌻

  26. TBH this is a psychology video which means he's probably testing out the reverse psychology Theory which means in reality he is trying to trick us into working hard by showing us all the negative sides of not working hard and trying to make them look good LOL

  27. I like how he says college is a waste of time in our youthful years?? College is a time to network, make new friends, learn new skills and activities and discover the next path to go in life while being saturated with knowledge and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

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  29. I'm currently enrolled into a Bachelor of Education at University. I have a question for you: would you like me to do the bare minimum within the classroom and teach your kids nothing? Education is extremely important and not wasteful. What horrible advice this video exhibits

  30. I mean it matters what field, In IT which most people will go into university doesn't teach a lot but medicine or science university is important

  31. there is a reason people always say to take a gap year to discover yourself. I studied sports management and saw a great future but it literally took me nowhere in my life…I took a year off in China working there and researched the market for what jobs ARE IN DEMAND (important to research before studying). it helped me a lot as today I am studying Sports massage therapy and its a big job market.

    moral of the story

    research your desired study and see its relevance first.

  32. this video is terribly researched, I stopped at 2:30 and I gotta ask: do you really think a study showing that teachers with university degrees are 9% better at teaching tells ANYTHING about whether a college degree is worth having? matter of fact, i bet teachers with university degrees have a better in depth knowledge of topics and are able to apply their knowledge cross-disciplinary — which is precisely what universities try to teach you. additionally, you need to be careful WHAT and HOW these studies test for results and how these techniques are operationalised, you can't just take any piece of info and present it as a fact. thats also something universities will bang into your head: do you research and get at least 3 sources for one claim.

  33. In my country uni is free.
    So I don't have to worry about anything. The only thing that worries me is getting a high gpa

  34. Architecture student here. I swear this guy is trolling. Do not listen to him. Aiming for the bare minimum is not how you get into architecture school lmao. You would get rejected. Also of course you uave to creaking study hard in university. It's not high school where you can just not study and still pass.

  35. Imagine raising your kid on this advice. They might grow up to be a lousy youtuber with limited relevancy and a terrible work ethic.

  36. I love how this whole video is based on knowing the knowledge rather than having a physical degree, but at the end he tells you not to learn the knowledge 😂😂😂😂

  37. so i watched this wanting to become inspired to study hard but what did it get?? I got told that I should not worry about trying my best, and that I should slack off so that i only just pass everything.

  38. I can see what the conclusion of this video is promoting. There are a plethora of conferences and presentations hosted by the universities in many disciplines that undergraduates typically miss out on. For instance, I was at one last week involving a new spacecraft being sent to Titan, and the geologic forces that it is designed to study. This was a free event open to the community, but mostly attended by faculty members. Certainly study hard, and definitely don't do the bare minimum, but don't let structured studies take precedence and blind you to your true interests.

  39. Yeh I think this is wrong, I’m trying to become a teacher and if I aim for the bare minimum, there’s no way I can become one.

  40. Tbh, in my country, if you pursue to higher education, it'll only be a waste bcs there's just not much of job opportunity here, and it ended up, just holding onto a prestige title

  41. I am NOT going to dually enroll In a university. But rather a College. My four choices that are Majors are Biology, Chemistry, mathematics, And Physics. All science related.

  42. From many of the comments that I read it seems that people don't choose university subject that they are interested in pursuing. If you are going to spend all that time and money on your degree, wouldn't it make sense to choose a subject that will directly help you with your chosen career. Am I mistaken or do many people study a course even though they don't know what they want to do in the future. If that is the case then I'm not surprised that many people view their degrees as useless.
    Right now I'm just at the stage of looking at university courses, so I don't really know all that much about what it's like at uni.

  43. I rarely dislike videos but after he said "aim for the bare minimum" I absolutely smashed that dislike button with all the skills that I have learned in my "smash that dislike button" degree

  44. There is a better way of using grades to your advantage as a STEM student. If you do poorly on an assignment do better on the next one. Study more, work harder, cry less. There you go, you just passed your class, and possibly university.

  45. What if u want to be successful and go to collage, but not smart at all. Can I go to community college and be successful?

  46. Laughs in Finnish school system

    Here even elementary school teachers must have major diploma in education. Teaching is very respected job here and demanded school (1-9th grades) is free. Even now in high school I just pay for my books which is something like 200€/year

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