Essay about The Transition of whether to Pursue Post-Secondary Education

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The description “seeing the general in the particular” was referenced by Peter Berger for the concept of the sociological perspective. To elaborate, he meant that the specific and individualistic patterns that occur in society can be broadened and expanded on to be seen in general. Applying this to real life instances, almost everything in our life can be seen in this view. For example, many students go through the transition of whether to pursue post-secondary education—college or university—or not. The decision of whether to pursue post-secondary education and where, is based on a number of factors; for instance, future career goals or aspirations, personal finances, and influence from fellow peers, all represent at least one form of the …show more content…
Specifically, “It’s young adults who had practical goals of being lawyers, teachers and medical care workers — and who went through extensive training and education to do so — having to settle into low-skilled jobs that can barely cover their bills and multiple-degrees-worth of student loan payments.” (Kolm, 2013) Structural-functionalists reinforce that education and careers are connected as “…a modern economy depends for its prosperity on using human capital – its workers and skills. A meritocratic education system does this best.”1 In today’s society, the structure of society succeeds at developing potential and merit-worthy students; however, it fails at a functional level as it does not prepare for the older population to work longer before they retire or the influx of students every year who graduate hoping to become a member of the working society. Many students contemplate this before choosing to go to university. A student will more likely go into a program at an accredited university that has a higher probability of a career afterwards such as computer engineering or business, than a student to also attend an accredited university for a program with low probability of a career after, such as space engineering. Thus, a student who has big aspirations or career goals will determine whether university is the right choice for them based on whether society has careers available, and whether they pertain to

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