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How much is a college degree worth today?

I've always wondered what it was. How it's important to a career. #college #career

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Ken’s Answer

After spending many years in Human Resources, I have realized that college might not be the best way to go for everyone. We may be encouraging too many kids to go to college, when they could be considering much better ways to develop their skills, abilities, and aptitudes to become productive citizens and realize fulfillment. Here are two sites to visit and read and consider:


Should You Go To College

https://medium.com/the-mission/high-school-is-over-should-you-go-to-college-b5b6db6f6712


My Biggest Regret: Going to College

https://medium.com/the-mission/my-biggest-regret-in-life-going-to-college-ef2068f179cf

Ken recommends the following next steps:

It really does not matter where you go to college. What matters is how well you do and what connections you make that help you to get a job. Here is a good site to visit http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education
The most important thing to do is to get to know yourself to identify which might be the best career area for you to follow: https://www.themuse.com/advice/14-free-personality-tests-thatll-help-you-figure-yourself-out
The next thing to do is to talk to people who are doing what you think that you want to do. To find out good people to talk to talk to your favorite teachers and the Director of Alumni Relations at your school to arrange to talk to graduates of your school who are doing what you think that you want to so. Here are some good tips https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-ask-for-an-informational-interview-and-get-a-yes https://www.themuse.com/advice/fact-no-one-is-too-old-to-go-on-informational-interviews?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20170505&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20170505&bsft_eid=6a4d2e5e-dba0-477e-a79c-e3338f78fcea&bsft_clkid=347bdd51-58bd-4eee-a811-c69d5e6af824&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=3a747110-1284-458b-95f8-2c30e2985ca8
Remember to always follow up with a thank you to let people know that you appreciated them: Information Interview Thank You Note https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2
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Whitney’s Answer

I think this has a lot to do with what you want to go into. Some career pathways such as business and medicine are worth getting a degree. While other pathways such as blue-collar jobs, a degree is not as important. You can also consider what level of degree you should get. An associates, bachelors, or masters can all be considered depending on what you want to do in life.


I have learned that it is not necessarily the degree solely that will get you a job but more of what you do in college when you are attending. The activities, internships, and jobs you participate in during this time are the most important. Many internships are available but you must be enrolled in a college in order to be considered for them. Also, many universities offer student positions to anyone enrolled in the college at the time. These jobs and internships are helpful for your resume and future. So without getting a degree, you may not get the opportunities for experience as much as a student would.


A degree is also worth getting if you want to move up in a company, or get a higher paying job. Overall, I believe both a degree and experience are important to secure a job.

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Jazmine’s Answer

A college degree is extremely important today! There's about a $30,000 between a bachelors degree and a high school diploma. With technology on the rise it is extremely important to always continue to learn and increase our knowledge on a broader level. Go for it!

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Lee’s Answer

If you spend the money to pay for a collage degree, and apply yourself to whatever career you choose. Then the collage degree well be well worth it in the long run.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Devetra,

It depends on your field that you choose to go into. I would say that it's invaluable because you're furthering your education, however, it does have a cost. I think the average cost of a 4 year degree is around $50,000.

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Blake
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