5 Best University Degrees for Millennials
Being the first generation of the 21st century and the first to grow up in a truly interconnected world, the millennials are a breed of their own. Therefore it’s only logical that the university degrees most suitable for them are not the same as those that have appealed to earlier generations.
If you were born between the early 1980s and late 1990s, you are part of the praised and bashed generation known as the Millennials. Described simultaneously as being overly ambitious and spoiled, this is the generation that is currently taking over the working world. Currently, India’s youth outnumbers the UK and US combined in terms of population. According to a recent report by Social Chain, India is set to become the world’s youngest country by 2021.
What Youngistan thinks about Training and Learning?
Indian millennials have been highly exposed to the digital space in contrast to baby boomers who didn’t enjoy the privilege of web connectivity. It is only obvious that digital exposure has had quite an influence on the way they arrive at decisions. Youngistan today takes learning and training quite seriously as compared to generation X and they thoroughly think through the most important decision of their life: What degree to pursue? How to align career choice with their passion to enjoy the entitlement to long-term growth? And since they think differently from the rest of the world, degrees that appeal them most also vary.
To make the decision-making easier, we have put together some of the best bachelor’s degree options for this unique generation.
Digital connectivity in India has linked more than 400 million of its millennials to the globe, and it is poised to become the country’s economic driving force. Technology has become an everyday part of an average millennial’s life in India. They carry their world in pockets while sipping their Starbucks in Mumbai while planning the next move before heading to offices and schools. The keen interest of this generation has inclined towards decoding key digital learning areas of which software engineering, coding, database administration, and data security/cryptography continue to remain at the top. Computer Science majors master their hold on areas like system organization, logic design, automation theories, software management, and scientific computing. Indians have been rocking the digital saga and its known worldwide! Be it the launch of Flipkart- India’s e-commerce portal for online shopping- by Binny Bansal or the Indian-American chief executive officer of Google: Sundar Pichai. If you are also interested in studying computer science then one of the top school we recommend is Mercyhurst University, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States.
Millennials grew up with the Internet and cell phones and see them as life essentials instead of luxury items. They are described as digital natives, as most learned to use technology already as children or teens. Whereas earlier generations can barely keep up with Facebook, millennials have no problems swapping between their Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts, and communicating with their peers via WhatsApp, Kik, and Telegram. Social media is in their blood. For increasing numbers of millennials, social media is also what brings food to the table as new jobs are created within the field. If your dream is to be a social media manager or a social media strategist, studying communication or media is a good way to get started. Above all, you need excellent writing, marketing, and digital skills to get hired to manage a company’s online presence. You could develop these skills, for example, by pursuing Media Studies in the US at American University.
Studying something versatile and yet concrete is a good idea in this rapidly changing world that millennials have been thrown into. A degree in health sciences fits this description well and opens up a range of lucrative career options. One good place to obtain such a degree is Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, United States. Graduates can work as medical laboratory technicians, pharmacists and in medical case management, for example. Also, a health sciences degree is an ideal foundation for those wanting to study further to become physician assistants. According to a report by Young Invincibles, a millennial advocacy group, the need for physician assistants will go up by 38 percent by 2022. The job also comes with regular hours, leading to a healthier work-life balance than being an actual doctor. This works well for millennials, for whom adequate free time is a top life value, says a 2016 report by Deloitte.
While earlier generations did not have to think twice about studying humanities subjects such as history and literature, Millennials have been told from a young age that the future lies in the STEM industries (science, technology, engineering, and math). A degree in biomedical engineering is indeed a safe bet, as employment prospects are very promising in this rapidly growing field. The job of bioengineers is to develop and analyze new products, treatments, and solutions for the medical industry or the biological field, improving patient care in the process. This aligns well with the values of Millennials: they are one of the most civic-minded generations in history. Helping others and making positive contributions to society is a true calling for today’s young adults. If Canada is on your radar, you could look into the biomedical engineering programme of The University of Waterloo.
Out of all generations, millennials are the most skeptical towards the use of fossil fuels. According to a recent poll by Ernst & Young, only 2 percent of American college graduates list the oil industry as their preferred place to work. More than 90 percent of millennials believe in climate change. This means that all types of skills related to renewable energy production will be in high demand once this new generation truly starts calling the shots. Solar power is one field sure to pick up speed. The consulting company Accenture surveyed people from 19 countries and found out that 56 percent of millennials are looking to install solar panels in the next five years. Working within the renewable energy field will also help today’s young adults feel like they are doing their
best to save the world – which is something they really feel passionate about. If you’d like to join this eco-revolution, you could apply to study environmental engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
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About the Author: Mirva Lempiäinen is a US-educated freelance journalist from Finland. After calling New York City home for about a decade, she now resides on the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.