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College: Is it worth the cost?

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Hello Friends!

I literally have not written in a month, and I blame only myself for that (and perhaps the heaps of school work kindly assigned by my professors).

Anyway, recently I have been working on an essay for my research writing class and the topic of the essay is the cost of an education and if it is worth it. The articles that I have been assigned to reference speak about how a simple bachelors degree isn’t enough to land a job after school anymore. That thought frightens me considering how expensive school is. If students and their parents are dishing out thousands of dollars a year for an education shouldn’t something good come out of it? Not to mention how most students leave school with unspeakable amounts of debt.

It got me thinking about what else you need to stand out when finding a job. The job searching game is becoming more and more fierce and if everyone has some university name typed on the bottom of their resume, what else can we do to land that dream job? Is it connections? Confidence? Personality? Charm?

It’s not even just the articles that I am reading for class that are bringing up this topic. I’ve seen articles in newspapers such as the New York Times, talking about the unemployment rate for young college graduates increasing. These students could have graduated from Harvard and still can’t land a decent job. That’s absolutely crazy to think about.

Not only that, but I’m fairly certain that we all know at least one person who perhaps didn’t bother with schooling or maybe went for their associates and became extremely successful in their field. It just does not make sense to me sometimes and as a current college student I grapple with the argument regarding the value of a college education.

Is it becoming overrated? Will there, at one point, be a time where the value of a simple bachelors degree means nothing? Who knows. And maybe I’m over exaggerating.

Until next time,

Bella Unknown

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One thought on “College: Is it worth the cost?

  1. College is not a guarantee of anything anymore, even the Ivy League schools offer no guarantee of anything. That being said, I still don’t regret going back to college when I got laid off in 2008. I love learning and I felt that getting my master’s in communications nicely pulled together everything I’ve been doing for the last 20 years (even if it hasn’t helped me get a better job just yet).

    As for a bachelor’s degree not being enough… well, it all depends on your major and area of interest. If you want to be a scientist, doctor, lawyer, or teach, then you need an advanced degree to even be considered. But you can be a nurse, graphic designer, accounting, work in public relations etc., and get on just fine earning money with a bachelor’s degree. Personally, unless you KNOW you’re going into a field that requires advanced degrees, I would tell young people to wait and work for 2-3 years before deciding to go on to a graduate school. Your interests may change or maybe that job leads you to something else!

    College is a high cost to consider. BUT you don’t have to spend a lot to go to a top notch school either. Consider colleges close to home (keep living with the parental units) and save on housing or do two years at a community/junior college first and then transfer to a four year state university over private schools. Many big state universities (not the for-profits) offer online programs cost less than the on-campus classes. I’m just saying that young people need to SHOP AND COMPARE schools, just as when you buy a car or a home. When I shopped for my graduate school, I found $20k to $30k price differences for basically the same program within the same geographic area!

    Oh, and by all means intern while in school to get some experience in your chosen field. I didn’t because I was already a working adult, but I’m hearing from fellow students that getting a good internship makes all the difference in helping to find a job post-graduation. It will help you build a portfolio (even for non-creatives) of real world projects and work experience. Companies want to know that you can hit the ground running and few offer any training anymore.

    Anyway, that’s my two cents for what it’s worth. 🙂

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