Level and quality of education traditionally significantly affect professional activities, career success and destiny of every individual.
This direct correlation between education and prospects in life of every person is especially obvious in countries with high demand for the developed intellect, professionalism and creativity for their social and economic systems to succeed (therefore, high value of such qualities is understood and acknowledged). These are the economically developed states, where the demand for qualified labour is based on the free market mechanisms.
However, the developing countries show some promising trends. Indeed, education in such states is often purely formal, being reduced only to getting a diploma. But as years go by we may note certain changes. Quality of knowledge is becoming more important than the diploma. And this trend will become more and more visible as these countries go further on the way of democratic reforms, overcome corruption in government and the entire political sphere, and develop their market economies.
At the same time, other things being equal, almost everywhere around the globe, when looking for a qualified specialist an employer will prefer an applicant with better education and developed professional skills. How can one determine whether the candidate possesses these qualities? The certificate of education is only the first criterion in the process of determining the qualified specialist. This document is of course important, but not crucial. Certificate only says that its holder should be correspondingly qualified. Such presumed level of qualification is often based on the authority of an educational institution, which issued this certificate. Moving further, the authority of a university depends on international and national rankings of higher education institutions, which are most often formed on the basis of opinions of experts and employers, as well as analysis of achievements and career success of their graduates. In such rankings universities of developed democratic states occupy the leading positions because they operate in conditions of mature competitive markets of educational services. Strong competition between universities in most cases eliminates formalism and corruption within the educational process. In these conditions the quality and transparency of education, as well as the knowledge level, professional qualification and creative abilities of graduates become overwhelmingly important.
Thus, personal and professional qualities which contribute to successful accomplishment of professional tasks are demanded in the labour market thereby being significant for the educational sphere as well. This means that knowledge and skills are now becoming the major factor, leaving the importance of educational certificates behind. This is why the status of the university is important in the specialist’s background, but still it is not the most important factor when assessing the quality of education. Under certain conditions (language proficiency, volume of knowledge obtained, confirmation of the qualification) this factor gives graduates of universities a chance to work abroad – in the developed states.
However, the prestige of the university issuing a diploma is still important for determining further academic and professional prospects of the graduate. There are three main reasons for that:
- Educational institution with high status first of all makes employers expect (assume) the high quality of the graduate’s knowledge, at the same time “transferring” a small share of its own outstanding image to the graduate;
- Top universities are traditionally located in the developed states with high level of life of the population and the demand for high-quality labour. These are the countries chosen by many specialists as the place to develop their own careers. It is obvious then that the graduate of a top university will find it much easier to get a nice job for instance in the U.S., Canada, Australia or Western Europe, than the person graduating from some educational institution in the developing country;
- Around the globe corporations and state enterprises consider labour relations with graduates of top universities to be the significant contribution in the formation and development of their business reputation
At the same time, in the context of ensuing effective academic and professional mobility of a specialist, several very important rules must be understood well:
- Language proficiency is important. If a specialist (foreigner) is trying to build the career in a country while not being able to use the local language – this will surely bring no success. That is why one should pay serious attention to studying the local language and passing the corresponding official language tests.
- Traditionally, employers pay more attention to individuals unsatisfied with the basic higher education and therefore expanding own knowledge and skills systematically. Knowledge is getting outdated quickly in our modern world, and successful corporations often prefer to hire persons, whose education and skills are being constantly expanded and improved. All this explains the existence of such basic identity development principle of the Bologna process as “Lifelong Learning”. One should bear in mind that authoritative and transparent further education programs, assuming the qualified certification of obtained knowledge:
- improve the general educational status (volume, quality and level of knowledge) of a person;
- are included in the period of higher education, as they increase its volume in the ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System);
- draw the employer’s attention to the determination, diligence, creative potential and self-development inclinations of the specialist;
- make the specialist, systematically improving own knowledge, more interesting to employers than his potential competitors in the labour market;
- It should also be noted that successful completion of authoritative foreign further education programs in fact promotes the “legalisation” and “recognition” of any diploma of higher education at the international level. This is explained by the fact that such document is enhanced by periods of study abroad, which expand the overall academic load and improve the quality of the specialist’s knowledge. Also note that such periods and knowledge are formalised in compliance with international standards.
- In the developed states employers most often need not only experts with profound knowledge. Even more important for them are originally thinking individuals, able to solve the most complex professional issues in a creative and purposeful manner. In order to objectively reveal own professional qualities a creative, confident and independently thinking specialist should conduct scientific work. In other words, such person should start a research in the field of own scientific interest as a free practitioner and thinker - not as a formal university-based scholar (even the thesis is actually not required). Actually, having the required analytical skills (obviously, not everyone out there can conduct efficient scientific studies), it appears to be not that difficult, as it may seem. The scholar must thoroughly study the corresponding issue, write the high-quality text, and even more important – offer original (innovative) ways to solve the issue under study. If the scholar is actually able to solve the issue, then he should learn how to effectively present his thoughts in the text format and send such original reports to the field-specific scientific journals for publication.
Publication of original papers in scientific journals effectively confirms the professionalism, profound knowledge, unique way of thinking, purposefulness and confidence of their author. It improves the author’s prominence and reputation in professional and scientific environment, builds his scientometric ranking and provides significant advantages in the labour market.
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