Arts & Humanities

How important is a university degree?

Arts & Humanities

Posted by: Zedd

19th Nov 2021 03:29pm

I am new to uni and can't decide between a business or commerce major? is there a huge difference to employers? because I am not more passionate about either. should I just do what's less work?

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  • 7th Dec 2021 11:42pm

You’ll learn more from your mistakes than anything you could ever learn at school. The qualification only proves that you can go the distance. You have tenacity and you will stay the course. You will learn how to use your brain in different situations. Ultimately I don’t think a piece of paper is worth a damn once you are employed in your industry of choice. They will retrain you the way THEY want you to operate. Unless you work for yourself, in which case you can outsource a lot of work provided you have the revenue turning over. That’s the hard part!

  • 7th Dec 2021 10:11pm

Why not an apprenticeship? The country is screaming for tradies, you can earn a great wage with a trades background.

  • 7th Dec 2021 09:15pm

It’s really very important to survive in this fast moving world

  • 6th Dec 2021 04:53pm

The question you've posed is a little off topic to your dilemma.
How important is a Uni degree" In my opinion uni degrees have almost become an imperative if you want to advance quickly, in your chosen career. Large corporations value them over track record. Small companies however don't care what piece of paper you hold, they care about what you've done and able to do.

Turning to your issue about which course to pursue... you need to seek advice from a mentor. Someone who already works in your field of interest, and who can guide you through with the benefit of his/her experience. I wouldn't turn to us for that kind of advice.

I fear that if you choose something you're not interested in, it's going to make the next few years painful for you.
My advice, and take it with a large grain of salt, if those are you're only choices, choose the course you like the most, and go with that. If you find you're not getting what you want then hop over to the other'll probably find there are many common subjects between the two and you will pick up some exemptions.

Good luck. :)

  • 5th Dec 2021 01:40pm

Best to find something you are passionate about but by doing business/commerce you can find work in field or companies that speak to your hobbies and interests so it doesn't feel like work. They are very similar courses, it comes down the the majors or specialisations on offer and what will be of more interest to you. Have a close look at the course handbooks and outlines. Good luck!

  • 5th Dec 2021 09:13am

I do not understand the point here. If you are not interested or passionate about either of the courses, why do you still want to go with those two options? Why don’t you first learn about your interests and then decide which course to do, just my opinion.

  • 2nd Dec 2021 02:26pm

A close friend of mine completed a business degree within the past year. He said much of what he learnt was basic/intuitive, and the way he got the most out of the degree was through the extracurricular activities. He expanded his network massively, found a job within the university through his connections, did some intern work with multiple businesses, and now has a new job as a consultant which he found through that developed network. So I would say that whilst some degrees definitely impart important information, (eg. Medical or science degrees) one of the most important things is the opportunities that university provides.

  • 1st Dec 2021 04:14pm

You will definitely stand a higher chance of getting a job if you have a degree. I would suggest that you study something you are interested in as you will definitely do much better and enjoy your Uni life.

I have a lot friends including myself currently working in a field where I only utilise less than 20% of what I study in Uni. The degree is just a stepping stone but it is hard work, determination, compassion and willing to learn that will get you further.

  • 1st Dec 2021 09:56am

In this day and age, having a degree has become a very common thing. I've heard a lot of employers would be more willing to give you a job if you have a degree. However, make sure you choose one that is relevant to your career of interest. I have wasted 4 years of my life studying a degree that I had no interest in because my parents just wanted me to become a scientist. I ended up spending 2 more years studying a different degree after completing my parents' dreams. I finally chose a path that I like and am now happy with it, but not after spending 6 years of my life in uni, when other people in the same career are already way ahead of me.

  • 1st Dec 2021 08:40am

Do the degree that will not make you regret your pathway in years to come. However, saying that, you can always upgrade or change your career path by studying a different degree in later years depending on your life's direction and your preferences.

  • 1st Dec 2021 06:59am

I agree with most comments by kidwithsmurf. Excellent summary and insight.
Your initial choice should depend on what job or industry you think you want to work in. Each course is different, many uni courses are different, with different reputations.

I also did a double degree in what I was interested (econ & arts) which was highly theoretical. The country was in recession when I graduated with no jobs in the areas of study, so I followed up with a Masters of Commerce (it is a subset of MBA, but aimed at those that wanted to do Accounting work). Because I am still working in the accounting industry I have never stopped studying. The government and governing bodies of this country continually change the tax/accounting/audit/HR/health & safety/banking/insurance requirements.

Part of the university experience use to be the networking, this assisted us when we went into the workforce. It was ‘who do you know that could help with this…’ With the increase in online study, and the requirement for students to be experienced and do so many other things this may no longer be viable.

I still maintain that it would be wise to start a uni degree (or tafe) in the area you are interested in. I can’t stress enough to talk to other students, staff and people that work in any field you may be interested in working in. Getting employment in one of these areas early on will highlight if you like it (or not). There is usually an ability to change courses after the first year if you do reasonably well. You may look into this if you don’t like the industry that you will end up in, or the course work you are doing, or you see other courses that suit your requirements better.

Good luck - Uni is a mix of higher learning, fun, networking, and a stepping stone to learn more....

  • 1st Dec 2021 03:35am

I think you should work on what you identify most, whether in a business or commerce major, what matters is that you are happy and over time you will acquire knowledge and skills and with creativity you will be successful in your work

Bill Collins
  • 1st Dec 2021 01:13am

Study in an area you love & you will never work a day in your life.

  • 30th Nov 2021 08:18pm

It's not that important depends what you want to study for other then that not important

  • 30th Nov 2021 07:09pm

Do what you have interest in. We should always chose in which we can enjoy.

  • 30th Nov 2021 06:11pm

No employer wants anyone who bases their key decisions on "what is less work". Find another reason that speaks to better personal values to decide one degree over the other.

  • 30th Nov 2021 10:20am

If your not passionate about either then don't do them. You don't need a uni degree, go and do what makes you happy. Trust me when your laying in your death bed you're not going to care how much money you made. You are going to care about how you lived your life and how you treated others.

  • 30th Nov 2021 05:12am


  • 26th Nov 2021 09:41pm

It is very important for high self esteem and for own satisfaction , you gain more knowledge, more experience and meat more people , slso you get mire high paid job quickly

  • 26th Nov 2021 11:03am

I think a business degree is viewed better by employers. You can always go on to study your MBA to climb the corporate ladder. I think of commerce as seedier money hungry people trying to buck the system. I've known people with commerce degrees not to gain employment after uni and personally see better employment prospects from a business degree. My daughter studied arts concurrently with a grad cert in business and later a masters in art and a mba, which now means she has no further study to undertake.

  • 21st Nov 2021 09:30am

Coming from someone who has a Bachelor of Commerce I can try an explain the differences. But firstly, don't put all your eggs into one basket and do Uni for the fun of it. At the end of the day Uni means little compared to real life experiences. If you can get work experiences in the field you're looking to study in first and then go and complete your degree... You'll come out finding work a lot easier after Uni is complete then not.

This is because the employer holds experience over degrees 90% of the time. It's good to eventually have the degree but a lot of employers if you have experience would let you work and study. If you were doing a Uni degree such as doctor, nursing, teacher etc it is fine in this situation to go straight to Uni as these degrees have prac components of your course where you have to complete x hours in the field. This gives you the work experience employers are looking for and makes it easier to be hired after the degree.

Now back on topic; The difference between Commerce and Business:

A business degree stems more into running a business. Such as Business management for example which teaches you how to manage a business. Business can also stem into Business Marketing, communications, business economics etc. The aim here is to basically teach you how to run a business or essentially be a boss.

A Commerce degree is more branched into either Finance, Economics or Accounting. Commerce lets you become a Financial planner, work in the share market, credit/financial analyst, economic Consultant, accountant or auditor etc.

This said which one you choose is basically what you want to do at the end of your degree. If you want to be more business orientated do business. If you want to be more finance orientated then do commerce. On top of this though a lot of universities offer different courses. The university I graduated from allows you to only do a Bachelor of Business with one or two majors for example, "Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Management" or you could do "Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and Marketing" or you could do "Bachelor of Business majoring in Business Analytics and Sustainable Business" for example. Now you don't have to do two majors, but depending on what your studying it can cut the time down for your 2nd major because normally your first major will overlap to some extent.

Lastly, every Uni offers different courses and different majors. You just have to make the hard decisions of the following:

1. Is Uni for me or can I complete a Tafe degree for the same result? - If I personally could do life over, I'd do Tafe instead of Uni because for Business/Commerce my Uni degree just gave me debt and took way too long to get a job. Whereas Tafe has a prac component to most courses where you have to do work experience in the field to pass. Thus 90% of the time, depending on your degree, Tafe is faster, easier and gets you experience which leads to a job sooner. In my opinion, way your options up between Uni and Tafe before choosing.
2. If Uni is right, decide what career you want and which career path will give me the most options in life.
3. Pick the course based on what you want to do, enjoy and will give you the most opportunities in life. Do not pick a course because a friend is doing it or because it's easy, pick it because it will benefit you in the long term.

  • 25th Nov 2021 07:28pm
Coming from someone who has a Bachelor of Commerce I can try an explain the differences. But firstly, don't put all your eggs into one basket and do Uni for the fun of it. At the end of the day Uni...

I could not agree more. Sound and above all else, practical advice.

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