What are the benefits of going to college?
I'm looking to become a Power Plant Operator, and want to get my bachelor's at Mississippi State University in Mechanical Engineering. Would this actually benefit me?
Before you do anything else, sit down and ask yourself the hard questions. Think about who you are and what you want to get out of college. This is admittedly tough to do - if you’re anything like me in high school, you’re still feeling pretty unsure about your future plans. When I say to think about “who you are”, I mean that you need to evaluate the interests and personality traits that most strongly affect your daily life and consider how they will impact your college experience. If you’re very introverted, for example, you may feel uncomfortable at a big party school or in a city environment. If you’re a super picky eater, you should look for colleges that have a flexible meal plan and a wide variety of food options. As for what you want to get out of college, this can be more complicated, but it boils down to thinking about your academic interests and any other activities you plan on continuing in college. If you have a field of study in mind, then you should go somewhere that has strong academic offerings in that area. You may be surprised at which schools have great programs. Just because you haven’t heard of a school doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome fit for you.
The most important question to ask yourself is "What makes me happiest?" Even if you feel like you “have” to go to a certain school or your parents are pushing you in a particular direction, try to focus on what YOU really want. If prestige is a priority for you, that’s fine, but make sure it’s actually valuable to you and not just to your parents or others who might influence you. College is four years of your life, and that’s not something to take lightly. You’re the one who will be having this experience - not your parents, not your friends, and not your teachers.
Hope this is helpful Alorna
I did some research and found on a respected government website on careers that power plant operators require a high school diploma or higher. I think generally for jobs, a college degree makes you more qualified for a position, but this position specifically does not require it.
Here's the link for reference
If you can afford the college degree and you are willing to put forth the effort, I believe you will be better off over the life of your working career.