I received my BA in Communications and Media Studies from Penn State in 2003, tailored towards being a journalist. My final class, the head of the dept. bluntly announced, "soon anyone will be able to post news online and you'll be out of a job." He was right.
For several years I tried to get a job here in town. My rejection letters were all the same. "Your writing skills are spectacular. We've decided to hire someone with 15 years of experience." Eventually I got tired of rejection letters. I even applied to my college several times for jobs in which I was qualified, but was never granted an interview. I was beginning to learn that employment was about who, not what, you know.
I went into direct sales and promotions, where my interpersonal communications skills were honed to their fullest, but made peanuts. Most of the jobs I could acquire were independent contractor jobs that offered neither insurance nor steady work, and offered only commission as pay.
Eventually I got tired of selling garbage for large companies and started my own business - an organic tea and aromatherapy business that sells goods that reach my impossible standards. I LOVED college for the social aspect - I'd pay 4 years tuition again just to have that experience - but for work? No way.
College is big business, and our economy is suffering. As both my husband and I run home-based businesses now, my advice would be to just DIVE IN to doing what you love. There's enough technology available to the average person to market yourself properly, or even to sell your goods yourself. Networking over education is paramount to making a living, and doing what you love is the name of the game. Don't fall for a cheesy billboard of a happy young 20-something that screams "your future begins here" - that doesn't mean anything! Colleges have the best marketing ploys, don't they? Be aware.
Best of luck - just do what you love. The rest will fall into place.
In contrast, my little sister is going for her doctorate which she'll receive by age
30. I couldn't be more proud of her and encourage her everyday, though I know having college lay out my plans just isn't for me.
Be well! - Lee @ Lee's Teas