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Social Mobility and Its Impact on Society

What is Social Mobility?

Social mobility seems to be a new euphemism or a way of putting into perspective a social class system. It encompasses the roles of blue collar workers and their jobs of attending to the daily grind of the nitty-gritty stuff most people would rather not be bothered about. It also includes the white collar employees and the elite who are the movers and shakers, and thinkers rather than doers in the society.

Degrees and Vocational Courses

A degree is typically obtained by enrolling into a course in a college or university. It is completed in a span of 4-5 years, more if you wish to pursue further studies like that in Law, Medicine, and graduate degrees.

Vocational courses on the other hand take at least 6 months and at most 2 years to complete depending on the skills taught, and the individual pacing of the student.

Getting a Degree as a Leg-up

When it comes to applying for a job in order to get to a well-paying company or to belong to a corporation that exudes outstanding marks in its field seemed to have the major goal of students. And students see that the best way to achieve this is to pack their resume with extensive credentials, and obtaining a degree from a recognized academic institution.

What Happens in Reality

Sadly, even though how impressive your application and résumé are, a couple more people with the similar credentials are going to vie for the position you are aiming for. There are even instances wherein graduates with degrees at that compete with each other in order to fill a job in a fast food restaurant or a similar workplace wherein a degree holder is technically overqualified.

A few years back, it was pushed that education among 18 year olds and above should be earned in academic institutions. It was almost an insinuation that in order to be successful later in life, one must be a degree holder. Antagonists on the other hand say that this is not necessarily so since most skilled jobs are more needed than corporate ones.

Other Issues on Social Mobility

The Increase of enrollees in different institutions in the country lead to some concerns which include the following:

  • More working class meant more students who availed free meals and school allowance. This needs more investment and since priority programs are nil, the number of student who are catered are at a minimum.
  • The supply of jobs that require top management skills are often filled by a more able working-class graduate since most privileged graduates now either lack essential skills or all together less competent. This demarcation between classes may cause disputes and other issues to arise. In any case none of which will be profitable for business.


While advancement is a commodity anybody can avail, actually getting a step up requires a leg up. As for social mobility, the challenge lies in overcoming demarcations that have long been in the system.

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