Should the goal of college education be to ensure that the students find a good job or should it aim at cultivating the students’ overall abilities?
What should be the purpose of college education? No doubt, different people, or even different universities, may see it quite differently. As to me, I tend to support the view that it should aim at cultivating the students’ overall abilities.
First of all, social progress needs overall-developed college graduates in the long run. When we ask ourselves the question: “What kind of college graduates does the society need?” the answer is just too obvious: ones with a good command of the knowledge in their own fields of study, ones with a healthy body, ones with a healthy mentality, ones with good communication skills, ones with team-work spirit, ones with creative, innovative ability or the ability for implementation. What are all these things are? Again, the answer is just simple: overall abilities.
Second, an overall developed graduate would find a job more easily. You can ask around an employer of a certain enterprise: What type of employees do you wish to employ? If this question is a little unclear, we can make it more specific by letting him make a choice: A. an overall developed college graduate; B. a none-overall developed college graduate. Supposing everything other things remain equal, we have sound reasons to believe that he will definitely select A.
Admittedly, it is praiseworthy of universities to be concerned about their graduates’ job-hunting issues, for after all, anyone should first solve the problem of making a living before talking about later on development. Besides, it is also the shared aspiration of all college graduates to have a well-paid job that they like and that points to a good prospect in the future. However, no one would ever deny the fact that to cultivate the overall abilities of the students is always closely related to and in no way conflicts or contradicts good job opportunities.
From the foregoing discussion, we can come to the conclusion that the purpose of college education should always target at cultivating the overall abilities of the students.