From the time we are young, our parents encourage us to go to college. They show an enormous amount of interest in our education and school is always one of our biggest priorities, with college being the ultimate goal. Parents and teachers alike might both tell you that without college finding a good job is near impossible, and to a certain extent their absolutely right, but just how true is this statement nowadays? Twenty years ago college was a must if you wanted to have a successful life. Now in 2019, a degree might not hold the same weight. With information being so available, and technology moving as fast as i is, does your degree hold any weight?
When you were young you might have wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, a dentist, or maybe a teacher. In order to be any of those things, you had to go to college and get a degree. In 2019 that standard is still very apparent. Those are all positions you are unlikely to get if you didn’t have a college degree in a related field. A lot of conventional occupations still require college degrees but they also require experience in the field. College is necessary for some but it’s not the answer for everyone. And for everyone that does go to college, it doesn’t mean you’re going to come out with with a well-paying job. In fact with so many people going to college, it only increases the competition and doesn’t help you stand out much. The thing that makes you stand out these days is having experience.
While some jobs will require a degree, many of them will overlook not having a degree if you have the experience. Experience is something you can find in the pursuit of some degrees but not most. If you’re looking into a specific career and you know the kinds of skill sets that will help excel in that career, learning them can be a better alternative than spending time and money in college. Going to trade school has always been a popular alternative to college. Learning your craft for a specific job you know you want is very useful. Internships are also very popular, not all internships require you to be in school when you do them so that is also an idea you might want to entertain. Finally, there are many skills you can self teach yourself with today’s internet and become qualified for a well-paid job.
In the United States, a four-year degree can still mean starting at the bottom. You can up to $36,000.00 dollars to go to college and come out getting a job that barely pays $35,000 a year. You’re in debt paying off student loans, living off roman noodles, and wishing you hadn’t wasted time getting a degree in something that has nothing to do with the job you ended up with or going to college at all. College is not bad, and your experience there can be unforgettable. The people you meet, the places you go, and the things you experience can make college all worthwhile. And again many jobs do require you to go to college, but if you feel college isn’t right for you, don’t feel pressured to go. It’s hard to know what you want out of life when you’re young, especially if you just left high school but don’t feel like college is your only answer. Sometimes it’s not an answer at all.