Discuss both views: sample essay (4) “The purpose of education”

Discuss both views- sample essay (4)Hello, bit busy this week so just time for another sample essay, as I have posted samples for “advs vs disadvs”, and “to what extent”, and “problems and solutions”, this time it’s “discuss both views”. This is a sample I wrote for a student this week to show how the structure works, and also how to make sure everything is cohesive. This basically means that you say the same thing essentially three separate times (in paraphrase) in the introduction, in the first line of para 1 and 2, and again in the conclusion, so everything links together. Take a look below and you will see what I mean….

Some people believe the aim of university education is to help graduates get better jobs. Others believe that there are much wider benefits of university education for both individuals and society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

It has been argued that the purpose of tertiary education is to assist graduates to obtain a better job, while others would argue that university education has a higher function in terms of usefulness to society and the individual alike. I believe that the benefits of attending university go beyond mere jobseeking and will consider how useful is a degree in finding employment, and the advantage of having a highly critical citizenry.

Firstly, one of the major selling points of a university degree is its advantage in the job market. As a degree is a sign of a good education as well as the transferable skills that a graduate learns while taking a degree, it is no surprise that employers value graduates. I would agree that as a general measure of intelligence a degree has some currency. For example, a recent survey by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) showed that an increasing number of jobs, over 70% of office jobs, are now asking for a degree as a minimum qualification.

However, even though a degree may be important for a job, studying at university teaches many skills of use to wider society. It teaches critical thinking, the ability to analyse and synthesise information when writing an essay for example. I would suggest that citizens who enter society with the ability to analyse conflicting sources of information are best placed to make suitable decisions for themselves, when voting for political parties say. For example, a study by the University of Edinburgh showed that as many of 80% of new graduates considered themselves more likely to question what they read and see in the news than non-graduates.

In conclusion, despite the obvious benefit of a degree in the job market, I believe that the skills that may be learnt at university go beyond merely employment but offer the prospect of a well informed and critical citizenry that can think for themselves and make better choices for society.

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