Why College?

This blog is primarily addressed to anyone unsure of the value of a college degree or who knows someone struggling with the decision to go to college. The following points may also apply to those weighing the time and investment in graduate or continuing education.

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A college education can be expensive, though there are ways to mitigate this expense.  Besides scholarships and other forms of financial aid, college is also an investment that on average provides 66% greater lifetime earnings over high school alone. Even if money wasn’t an issue, why wouldn’t you want to obtain a college degree?

I’m an advocate for getting a degree, no matter what career you are interested in. As a career and professional branding consultant, I work with clients in career transition daily. Most have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.  While their field of study and degree is not always reflective of the career they choose, it has helped them find jobs and successfully follow their chosen career path. For my clients who did not pursue a degree, their job search is harder and often takes longer when they compete with other candidates that have degrees.

Most professional jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree.

So far I’ve mentioned practical benefits, but there are intrinsic benefits as well.

One of these benefits which is practical and intrinsic is making connections.  College is a great place to start building a network that can sustain you for the life of your career.

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I’m still in contact with many of the friends I made in college. I count lifelong friends among them.

 

It’s also a way to ease into adulthood and the responsibilities involved in being an adult.

If you didn’t pick up life skills in high school, which, arguably many students don’t, you can practice life skills like creating and following a budget.

A liberal arts education also gives you a chance to learn more about who you are.  High School is often a time of norming, trying to fit it.  College can be about learning who you really are and what you want out of your life.  It provides a chance for you to see what others in your age group are doing. Are the choices they make right for you? Which choices and which path is right for you.

While the majority who enroll in college are aged 18-22, increasingly working adults opt to obtain their college degree in nontraditional age brackets.  In fact, the average age of students attending my alma mater is 26, so it is never too late!

According to an article from CBD College, 9 Benefits of Earning a College Degree, https://www.cbd.edu/9-benefits-college-degree/ , college grads may benefit by:

  1. Earning More Money
  2. Being More Attractive to Employers
  3. More Job Security and Satisfaction
  4. Better Equipped to Handle Adversity
  5. Build a Network
  6. Benefit Yourself and Your Family
  7. Make a Down Payment on Your Future
  8. Create a Stronger Sense of Yourself
  9. Be Happier Overall.

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You can always find people who say Hey, look at me, I’m a success and I didn’t go to college.  But how do you measure success?  What may be harder to measure is the sense of accomplishment and pride you will feel when your name is called and you march up to receive the degree you have worked so hard for.  You will have taken the first and best step to developing yourself professionally.

 

 

 

 

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