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
My Biggest Regret: Going to College
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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.
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!
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.