How do Students Value Their Degrees?
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In our survey we asked students to select the factors from those listed (in addition to professional aspects) that they think represented the most important advantages for them arising from obtaining a degree. The two aspects related to financial situation, i.e. avoiding unemployment and high income, received the highest number of mentions. For students, financial safety and growth are the strongest expectations related to a higher education degree. The third most important aspect is that they think they will have a less restricted, less constrained way of life with a degree. The students asked deemed values representing prestige aspects such as reputation related to a higher education degree and the opportunity to attain managerial positions as somewhat less important. Better opportunities for studies, or working abroad with a degree appeared with the lowest weighting among expectations.
What advantages do you expect from having a degree?*
*Each respondent could choose two aspects
Degree = high income, especially for information technology students
For technical and information technology students, the degree primarily represents high income. Through the analysis of students who chose these two factors in both of their decisions, we can focus on the financial motivations related to obtaining a degree. They marked two financial aspects from the six factors that referred to the value of the degree: they expect high salary in addition to avoiding unemployment. This group is characterised by strong existential motivation and is present in a greater proportion in higher education institutions around the country; in terms of educational field they are predominantly information technology and technical students. The exclusiveness of the existential index is rather characteristic of men; in terms of social background factors, there are higher rates of students representing such values among those whose parents have qualifications below the secondary grammar school final examination.
Division of students with primarily existential motivation by educational field
Division by percentage
Total number of students (N=7 837)
Existential motivation (N=1 043)