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Is it more logical to go to college first or workforce?


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Nicole’s Answer

Hi. Cortney L. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

I have shared advice in the past where I distinguish between getting a job and developing a career. I have been in the workforce for a little while now and I think that context is important to what my answer to this question is...In my view there is a difference between getting a job and developing a career. Developing a career goes hand in hand with professional growth. In my view, developing a career requires obtaining tangible credentials that demonstrate your skill sets. This demonstration can be in the form of a degree, a relevant set of certificates and clients/customers who can vouch for your work product. Generally speaking, when working for mid to large-sized companies, I recommend a degree if it is your goal to grow in that company.

Understandably, there is a lot to consider with respect to going to college vs waiting awhile and deciding to go straight into the workforce instead. I also know that there are countless paths to personal and professional success that should not be discounted. This is where individual determination and tenacity can be prioritized to support individual success.

Best of luck to you!

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Matthew’s Answer

It completely depends on what you want to be when you "grow up". Some fields absolutely require college, others don't.

Matthew recommends the following next steps:

Think about what you want to do. A helpful website is http://whodouwant2b.com/student/pathways
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Find someone doing what you'd like to do, and ask them about the path they took to get there. Was college helpful for them?
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