Are degrees preparing students for the workplace or are they about indulgent self fulfilment?

Are degrees preparing students for the workplace or are they about indulgent self fulfilment?

Think hard about why you want to study – real experience in a company can be a far better way to learn skills and get on in your career.

 

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