Why A College Degree is Necessary

An education is something that no one will ever be able to take away from you.  It is the best gift that you can give yourself.

College usually requires a big financial investment upfront, but the reward is definitely worth it.  Over the course of your lifetime, you are likely to pay far less for your college education then you would in earning potential by not having a college education.  In simpler terms, a college degree usually equates to more MONEY.

In fact, each level of college education that you receive will increase your overall earning potential.  In other words, the more education you obtain, the greater your chances are at earning more money.

For example, if you decide to pursue a one-year degree in a technical field such as a medical assistant – this will provide you with the opportunity to earn more than you would with just a high school diploma.  Similarly, an associate’s degree (or 2 year degree) will give you an opportunity to earn even more money.  The same is true for a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

Most students begin their careers after obtaining their bachelor’s degree.  However, some students decide to remain in school for graduate studies in order to obtain a master’s degree.  In some careers, a master’s degree further increases an individual’s earning potential.

The Cost of Obtaining Advanced Degrees

A lot of students either choose to pursue advanced degrees later on in their career or not at all because of how expensive they can be.  For some students, it is important that they complete school so that they can find a job and support themselves and/or their families.

However, with the advances in technology and increase in flexible schooling programs, obtaining advanced degrees is becoming more affordable and attainable.  With the rise of online degree programs, night classes, and weekend classes, advanced degree seeking individuals are able to go back to school without sacrificing their current careers or family during the process.  The “information age” has made it a lot easier for students to meet their educational and future goals.

Education & Careers

How will an education help you land that dream job?  Well, your level of education will help you get your foot in the door.  Most jobs have baseline requirements that typically require a degree in a certain field of study (i.e. accounting, education, psychology, etc.).

Current job trends demonstrate that employers are placing more value on degrees than work experience and if you want to remain competitive with your peers, then you must equip yourself with the proper education.

Also, some jobs will offer bonuses or promotions to employees who decide to go back to school to seek an advanced degree, particularly if the advanced degree is related to their current position.

Tuition Reimbursement

A lot of companies have tuition reimbursement programs. What does this mean?  This means that the company will either reimburse you for a portion of your tuition related fees or in some cases, all of your tuition fees.  These types of programs prove that employers value education.

There is really no wrong reason to get an education.  Even if your bachelor’s degree or advanced degree doesn’t fit the specific job that you are applying to, it may still give you a leg up on the competition.

A college degree is becoming more and more necessary in today’s competitive job market, so you should take every opportunity that is presented to you to earn a college degree.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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