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College Education - Make it Worth Your Time and Money.
A College Degree Does Not Guarantee a Job
Recently there have been many college graduates bemoaning the fact that they cannot get a job. They complain that they were some how "duped" by the education system. I am pretty sure no one told them that a college degree would guarantee a high paying job upon graduation. There are no such guarantees in life or education. However there are ways to improve your odds tremendously.
Why Go To College Then?
College is not at all a bad idea - don't get me wrong. College grads overall make more than most who do not go to college. According to Education-Portal.com :
A male with a High School Diploma earns 39K on average. If that same male goes to college but does not complete his degree, his wages go up to an average of 46K. If he were to complete an Associate Degree he would earn 50K, a Bachelors equals 66K and with a Masters 81K. If he were very ambitious and earned a Doctorate his income would average 100K per year. Not a bad deal at all.
Making College Count
There are several things that can make your degree a worthwhile endeavor. Ask yourself - What jobs are in demand in your community? Are these careers that interest you? Do you have enough smarts to pull it off, i.e. if you failed Math all through high school and it was your least favorite subject, well, maybe a math career is not the best fit for you. Many Colleges and Universities offer Career Center testing to help you in your decision.
Think about what kind of work you are being trained to do with your degree. If you get a degree in Communications what kind of job are you looking for? Is there a more specific degree related to the kind of career you want?
If you find a program that interests you but there are no jobs related to that choice program in your area, are you willing to move to accommodate that decision? If you are married, is your spouse on-board for a potential move? What is the cost of living in the city you are considering moving to? What is the average wage for the field you have chosen in that city? What about your spouses field, will he/she be able to find a job there too.
If you choose a program in Film Production and you live in Wamsutter Wyoming - you are on the wrong track. If you choose a program related to the life cycle of Palm Trees and you live in Quinhagak Alaska, well good luck with that.
Don't Load Up on Unnecessary Debt to Get a Degree
If you have to get student loans for college as most Americans do, make sure you do not borrow more than you need to cover expenses for your books and education. If you can work part time to pay living expenses or possibly move in with relatives then you should. Some Colleges offer work study jobs which are a great way to make some extra money while going to school. You will have to pay these loans back or you may suffer extreme consequences that will make your life miserable later on. The less you borrow the better off you will be.
Success is Possible
If you make a wise career choice and do not over borrow on student loans - a college degree will improve your future income potential. Don't sell yourself short and do not waste your time/money getting a useless degree that will not be of benefit in the long run. Do your home work before going to school. It makes all the difference.
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