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Is going to college still necessary

Updated on February 17, 2014

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This is what it looks like after college.
This is what it looks like after college.


Looking back at the economy, most recent graduates are incapable of securing jobs in their field. Many of them have resulted to getting jobs at retail stores in hopes of finding the job they want later. Later ranges anywhere from days to even years. By that time, they could have moved up twice in their current job without the degree. Making you wonder if spending thousands on a degree still worth the time and effort.

America is known for promoting education. Every time you turn on the television there are least two commercials regarding education, associating it with being able to secure the job. The problem, people are being taught that education is the way, but is incapable of getting the job that comes along with the journey. Yes, you can find a job, but it may not be in the field you want. The jobs that many graduates are getting are those that require minimum education. Meaning, the degree was not required. Therefore, is going to college still necessary?

Some would argue that going to college is a waste of time, but I am here to say that going to college is still necessary especially if you have no sense of direction. Therefore, college can be a tool needed for some to be successful.

Going to college is still necessary for four reasons:

1. College not only prepares you for the job, but prepares you for life in general. Majority of high school graduates aren’t ready to take on real world responsibilities.

2. College is where many will learn themselves outside of their environment. Often, its not until you get away from your surroundings when you'll discover yourself.

3. College is huge for networking. Networking is the name of the game. Assuming everyone that goes to college will succeed, this is your opportunity to link up with as many people as possible. The reason, you want to make sure that if your goal is not accomplished in a timely matter, some of the people you linked up with, their goals can provide a train to hop on, to ride on, for as far as you can.

Also, joining fraternities, sororities, and other collegiate organizations is a great way to network the system. There will be at least one organization member that you can associate with somewhere. That one member can be the ticket you need to secure the job you want.

4. College is awesome for gaining work experience while studying. There is something called work study. Work study will allow you the opportunity to gain work history. Also, there are a plethora of summer internships that you can do to help beef up your resume. Sometimes doing well in those summer internships, will turn into permanent jobs later.

Regardless of how much time you spend getting the degree, its worth it. A recent news report from the Lumina Foundation believes by the year 2020 65% of American jobs will require education beyond the high school level. Today, about 40% of the American population have obtained education above the high school diploma.

If you don't have a degree, its recommended that you go and obtain one. Looking at the numbers, obtaining a college degree rather it be two year or four year is not only necessary, but required.

Reading sources

Reading Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/education/a-sharp-rise-in-americans-with-college-degrees.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-earning-college-degrees-and-who-isnt/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/education/census-finds-bachelors-degrees-at-record-level.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/14/college-degree-rate-study_n_3438500.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/number-of-us-adults-with-college-degrees-hits-historic-high/2012/02/23/gIQAi80bWR_story.htm

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    • JonDIDit profile image

      JonDIDit 3 years ago

      I know a lot of people who have degrees of all kinds thatfeel they have wasted their time in college. They have found very well paying jobs in the tech community. Look at the number of people who have dumbed down their resumes and can only find work as super market clerks because even Mickey Dees won't take them. I feel many of these people were doing what their parents wanted them to do and just went to college to keep peace in the family. Parents make this mistake all the time. Maybe they are a great mechanic or want to go to the Peace Corps and see the world before they settle down. It is their life and they will be working long after their parents are gone. Too many feel they don't want to alienate their parents and be cut off from their big inheritance.

      What a shame that they have this amount of greed that they are willing to live a life they hate just waiting for the big payoff!

    • ologsinquito profile image

      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Going to college is more necessary today than ever. However, there are also ways to do this without taking on massive debt. Your article carries a good message.