Is a College Degree Worth it?

The “Recession” officially ended in June 2009, nearly six years ago. However, the job market has made slow progress toward a full recovery. This brings up the topic is a “college degree really worth it”? This question became more apparent to me in the last few months because my last year of college is approaching. While doing research I’ve came across many articles, research journals and news stories that have stated that basically having a college degree is either useless or depends on what major you have. Then the end result in most cases after gaining a degree you will end up being either underemployed or unemployed. These statements at first made me think maybe I made the wrong decision going after a degree for the past four years. Then to make matters worse actually college grads I have spoken to have told me that they feel college was a waste of time. They have expressed their opinions such as “it’s not what you know it’s who you know”. Not to mention all the student loan debt you can have unless you have a full ride scholarship or come from very rich family who can pay for your tuition. These assertions are somewhat opinions but do have a lot of truth to them and they can alter even the student who has had a 4.0 GPA and seems to be destined for greatness. So after reading all this information I became a little unsettled, confused, discouraged and nervous. Then I came up with five reasons why a college degree is worth it.

1. You will make more money according to Simply Hired, the average salary for a college graduate is 46,000 but the average is $32,000 for those with a high school diploma.
2. Specific jobs within a field requiring a degree to move forward, many specific careers also require a specific degree.
3. The life experiences are invaluable you learn a lot about yourself while in college that you wouldn’t experience if didn’t go to college.
4. Future opportunities once you’ve earned a four year degree, you’ve paved the way to go back to school to earn a graduate degree.
5. An education can help you transform yourself and the world around you. When you have new knowledge, you want to share it with friends and family.

 

 

 

 

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About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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6 Responses to Is a College Degree Worth it?

  1. belinda o says:

    I completely agree, especially with the idea of the inherent value of an education. You are a better person for it. And yes, initially it may be difficult — you may not even be able to get a job that requires a degree, depending on where you live and the economy at that time — but in the long run, having a degree pays off for most people. I will say for some people, a tech school may be appropriate for their skills, but some sort of training after high-school is almost always needed for any long-term success.

    In my blog post I talked about why I dropped out the first time, and it was the right thing for me to do, but frankly, it’s not something I’d ever recommend to anybody else. I was fortunate that doors opened to allow that to happen, but that was a difficult process and tragic circumstances.

    Thanks for referring me to your post. Good luck going forth!

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  2. Nik says:

    Great points!

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  3. 57% of the people who are unemployed are college graduates so for many a college degree doesn’t seem to be worth it. I think if you want to be a doctor, an engineer, or a mathematician, etc. then you have to go to college, but these fields are only 12% of the workforce, I think if you want to be an entrepreneur, a marketer, a writer or whatever it may be, and if there’s someone who is doing what you want to do who didn’t go to college, then you have to really consider going to college before you take on $34,000 in student loan debt

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  5. Shannon Archie says:

    To be honest no one talks about the transition struggle to college. They don’t talk about how your actually gonna get a job, they just put you in a classroom with a bunch of students with books that won’t actually help you and books that are too expensive. Honestly I feel as if college takes more than the time your given. because in the real world the jobs you will most likely get are based on if the interviewer likes you or not. Or if someone hasn’t been bullied from a previous life or there ego problem or race. Sometimes it’s not even if you have a degree. I’m not saying don’t go to college because I regret leaving just because when you leave it takes so much more confidence to get back up and try again

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