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Skipping College: Associates & Bachelor Degrees that mean nothing

Updated on May 17, 2013

College degrees mean nothing today. Why? Because there are people in the working world who EARN way more money than a person who has a college education and degree. We all know the way things work in our workplace. Sometimes it doesn't even matter what you know, but who you know that will rise you to the top of the corporate ladder.

Do you really want to spend 4-years of your life studying?

For me, I spent 7-years in college. Along the way, I've earned an Associates degree (which means nothing, really) and a Bachelors degree in Communications. I studied hard, and got really good grades. But I just can't think of all the time I've spent just in school while my other high school classmates decided not to go to college and just went straight into the working world.

When I graduated college, there were no jobs readily available in my graduating major. Of course, what really is a Communications degree good for? I didn't want to go into broadcasting, journalism or anything dealing with the media. So I'm totally doing something else my degree is in. All I had to do was graduate high school.

You think that your degree will automatically get you a job?

Think again. When I graduated, since I needed money, I took a job working at the local pharmacy / grocer. I was a cashier. I hated it every day that I was there. I kept thinking to myself, "what am I doing here? I have a Bachelor's degree and I'm in this place." And ultimately, that's what made me quit that job. I later found a job at another company doing sales. And I hated every minute of it. However, I was making really good money doing sales. All I had to do was sell stuff, and make my base salary, plus commission if I went over and beyond. It was hard, but when you think about it, all you had to do was convince someone that they needed a product. You'd have to know HOW to sell them on something.

Could I have landed this job without a college degree? Absolutely!

Maybe you have heard other stories in which that barista at your local Starbucks is a recent graduate, but had to accept that job because she needs to pay the bills. What about people working as bank tellers who have an accounting degree? There are many highly educated people out there working for a base salary and low ranking jobs.

Do you really want to pay off a large student loan?

College can be pretty expensive. Especially if you go longer than 4-years and receive an advanced degree (such as a Masters). Upon graduating, you're already at a negative because you'll have to pay back your huge loan. You better be sure that your new "job" pays well so you can pay down that loan quicker. The average college family pays $15,000 to $30,000 per year on tuition and living expenses (dorming/meal plans, etc.). At the end of 4-years, you have a debt of $120,000 plus. Not a great way to start your life.

Unless you can get funding via scholarships and grants, I'd skip it.

The Internet offers a huge listing of FREE college courses

Just because you don't "formally" attend college, doesn't mean your stupid. You can learn a lot online. In fact, there's a large listing here on free college courses and schools that offer education online.

Most Useless College Majors

While we're on the sub topic, according to the website Outside the Beltway, they list the most useless college majors:

  1. Fine Arts
  2. Drama And Theater Arts
  3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts
  4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design
  5. Architecture
  6. Philosophy And Religious Studies
  7. English Literature And Language
  8. Journalism
  9. Anthropology and Archeology
  10. Hospitality Management
  11. Music
  12. History
  13. Political Science and Government

Grades are not important

From earlier in life while we are in school, we're taught that grades and performance MATTER. Those are the content and standards in school. Grades and achieving are important. However, they should be instilling on the importance of character. Something that is seriously lacking from individuals today.

To succeed and to be successful, you do not need college

Most great people out there who are making tons of money and have very successful companies are actually college dropouts or they have never attended college at all. Among them are the former Steve Jobs of Apple, Bill Gates (successfully ran Microsoft & is now a leading philatropist), and Mark Zuckerberg (the brain behind Facebook).

You CAN achieve success without college

I hate to admit it, but you truly can achieve success without college. There are many business owners out there who have never set foot into a classroom before. Have never been in a lecture hall. Have never formally learned "business" in a classroom. And that is exactly the issue. Do you have to learn "business" in school to run your own? While I'm sure it definitely helps, the true training is on the job. There cannot be a textbook written for everything and all the variables that can happen.

Come to think about it, if I knew that I didn't have to go to college and get a better job, I'd have taken that route.

No offense, but I see tons of construction workers and people in the trades (plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters) that make a lot more money than I do. But maybe the reason they do, is because it's labor intensive.

What's the trade off? Make less to work in an office, but work under air conditioning and good conditions OR make a lot more doing manual labor? Good question. But one has to think, why go to college if you can skip it.

How you can prove yourself without a college degree

Be really good at whatever you do. Do hard work for whatever you've done. For instance, say you love to do photography. Work hard at it in which you create a blog and post your work online. If the work you do is great, you'll get noticed. This serves as your online resume. If you make contacts with potential employers, you've already got your stuff up for them to review and to draw a conclusion about you. Lastly, always market yourself. Always keep your contacts open. Network with everyone. When you need something, they just might be there to help you. Be your own entrepreneur! If there's no work out there for you to make money, MAKE work happen.

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      hockey8mn 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I got a degree under one of your most "useless", Anthropology, and couldn't disagree more. Your college degree is what you make of it. Many people find ways to go to college for free or at more affordable costs. For example, joining ROTC not only can pay for a degree, but it gives someone a job after school. Not everyone in the military kills or is trained to kill. However, I do agree that college isn't for everyone and that someone can be just as successful without a degree. I earned a degree studying my passion. I will carry my passion with me throughout the rest of my life to shape my career, not make it.

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