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What’s a university degree worth?

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A university graduate will earn $1.3 million more over his or her lifetime than someone who has not gone beyond high school reports the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). That results in a nice two-story home in Vancouver – but the payback of a university education is greater than just money. University graduates tend to live healthier lives, engage more frequently in social and political activities and adjust more easily to shifts in the employment market.

Recent Trinity Western University graduate and 2010 Jessie Award winner for Most Promising (theatrical) Newcomer, Kaylee Harwood, attests that her time at TWU instilled in her a passion for life-long learning. When opportunities arose for professional theatre roles while she was still in school, Harwood decided to stay and complete her degree. Of her TWU education Harwood says, “It fed me and my art – and makes me a stronger performer now.” She approaches her roles from a literary perspective, researching the time period and the playwright’s life experience. Harwood’s informed approach and passion for learning makes her an in-demand actress who people like to work with.

TWU School of Nursing graduatesUniversity graduates “find jobs quickly – and they find good jobs that are interesting and pay well,” says AUCC president Paul Davidson. “They also contribute more to Canada’s economy and communities than do those without the benefit of higher education. They are more likely to vote and volunteer, and rely less on government benefits than those without a degree.”

A Trinity Western University degree is a cornerstone building block for a vital career. As reported in a 2007 alumni survey, over 90 per cent of TWU graduates attained viable employment within the first year of graduation and 88 per cent felt that their overall education experience at TWU prepared them for the marketplace. A TWU education acknowledges the whole person providing valuable experience in and out of the classroom.  A June 2010 publication of the Student Transitions Project, an initiative of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, identified TWU as the top destination for private post-secondary education in B.C.

University degrees are more in demand today than any other time in history. By 2030, the population over 65 will double while the population aged 24-65 will increase by a mere 8%.  Retiring baby boomers coupled with the shift from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy has created a greater need for professionals with a variety of expertise. According to Statistics Canada, the number of jobs filled by people with a degree more than doubled from 1990 to 2009.

  • Last Updated on September 8th, 2010 at 10:42am
  • Author: Jennifer Watton
  • Email: media@twu.ca
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