There are many reasons in favor of getting a degree. We have summarized the most significant ones for you here:
A degree usually qualifies you for more than one profession. Obtaining a degree shows that you possess knowledge in a particular area, which opens up a variety of career options. While this makes you more flexible, it also means that you need to use your own initiative, show commitment, and have a plan.
Statistically, academics are one of the groups that are least impacted by unemployment. More on this in the statistical surveys of the Federal Employment Agency (in German). Academics are also paid significantly more in some areas than people with a vocational qualification.
There are no right or wrong decisions when it comes to choosing whether to study at a university – your choice should be based on what is right for you. Here are a few points to help you with this decision.
A university is a research institution. New findings are discovered through research projects that focus on a variety of topics. These new findings are then taught to students. Universities can confer doctorates and appoint professors. So, students wanting to pursue a career in academia should choose to study at a university.
Studying at a university gives you more flexibility than a university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education (Berufsakademie), and this is something you must be aware of, and feel comfortable with. Normally, the students of a university have to create a course schedule, plan semesters abroad, select areas of specialization, and write term papers on their own. The examination regulations provide guidelines but you determine the details. University teaches you subject-specific information and not how to perform a job. This gives you a lot more flexibility when choosing your career after graduation.
University and work experience can go hand-in-hand. Since the Bologna reforms came into effect, university education has become more practice-oriented. Nowadays, internships are an important component of many programs. The schools also give students support as they transition from university into the workplace. Seminars on interdisciplinary soft skills, such as time management or presentation techniques, prepare students for their subsequent career and are an established part of the course schedules for the various bachelor’s programs.