Years ago it was not really an assumption that college would be the track to take after high school graduation.
In earlier decades there were different options for newly graduated students ready to embark upon the journey to adulthood. The choices at that time were plentiful.Those options are not so available for today’s young adults as many jobs require a college degree.
A few decades ago while college was an option, post-high school individuals could also choose to go straight to work, enter a vocational program, or even get married and start a family. During those years two household incomes were not as common and it was entirely possible to take this path.
Essentially college was not an expectation or necessarily even a need; it all depended upon what the individual’s goals and dreams were. Today things are different.
Many adults who never headed off to college after graduation often find themselves regretting this decision. At the time their decision may have been the right one, however the world has changed and lacking a college degree often has a strong impact.
Here are a few of the top reasons why individuals may find a missing college degree plagues their life:
*Fewer Job Opportunities
Adults who never pursued the college track, but are still of age to work, often reflect and find that not having a college degree has to some extent plagued their life. It is probable for the majority of people this is because they find career opportunities are limited, or they have to go for retraining.
Fewer job opportunities is probably one of the largest reasons why people regret not going to college. In today’s competitive job market finding employment without a college degree is difficult. Earning potential is frequently limited and even if much experience is listed on a resume, the applicants with the college degree usually have the competitive edge in getting an available position.
This is especially difficult during a time when jobs are difficult to come by and hundreds of applications are flowing in for one position. In order to remain competitive in a large pool of applicants, especially when economies are shaky and jobs are at a premium, a college degree is a definitive asset.
*Lack of Advancement
Many people who do not hold a college degree often regret not doing so because they find themselves in either dead end careers or ones that have little or no room for advancement. These career limitations typically result in less pay and less ability to get promoted because higher education is often a requirement for advancing in many organizations.
While it is not impossible to succeed without a degree having one surely helps because it opens up avenues that might otherwise be off-limits to apply.
*Feel Something is Missing
Career reasons are not the only reason why some people look back and lament upon not having a college degree.
This group of individuals feel something is inherently missing within their inner selves and find themselves longing and thirsting for knowledge. As they search inside trying to figure out what’s missing, they often decide they missed out on something valuable and want to experience the satisfaction that comes with finishing a college degree.
Some individuals planned to go to college at a later time, but never got the opportunity because life got in the way and more immediate responsibilities took precedence. The intent for college was always there, but the ability was not. This is typically another way a lack of a degree can strongly affect a person because of the inability to fulfill a long ago dream.
There are a variety of circumstances where people may feel plagued from missing a college degree. The good news is that with the expansion of higher education to include a variety of options, including distance learning, individuals who missed out on college can have a second chance.