If you are someone in high school, or even someone that graduated last year, or maybe a few years back, but never went to college, you should very seriously consider going to college and getting yourself a bachelor’s degree. The main reason is money. Every group that has ever studied this issue has come to the conclusion that college graduates make more money than those who only go to high school, and quite a bit more than those that don’t even finish high school. One recent study went so far as to say that college graduates on average earn almost double what non-graduates receive after working for twenty years. This is quite a bit of difference. The question is, do you want to spend the rest of your life working for low wages, or high wages?
There is a stipulation here of course, and that is, you need to get a bachelor’s degree in something valuable, such as one of the sciences, or law or something in the medical field. Degrees in the liberal arts aren’t doing much for people anymore, nor are the ones in other so called “easy” fields. You need to get a computer science degree or one in engineering or almost anything in the health care field; nursing and medical equipment operator jobs are paying a lot, so are lab technicians and anywhere else in the medical profession that requires a degree for entry.
Think of it this way; if you look through the want ads in your local Sunday paper, or go online and look, you will see literally hundreds of positions that need filling, and now, with the economy the way it is, you will see that most of those jobs require a degree. So, when times are tough, a college degree might mean the difference between a good job, and no job at all.
If you are hesitating about getting a college degree because you don’t see yourself as the school type, or because you think you aren’t smart enough or you just don’t want to go, think about the kids you know or knew in high school, and then ask yourself, are they smarter than you are, harder workers, or more motivated? If not, then you’re wasting your time not getting your degree, because the fact of the matter is, only a very, very small percentage of people who truly apply themselves at college flunk out or fail in other ways. For those people who do fail at college it’s more often than not because they weren’t willing to work hard or just didn’t like being there.
So, if you want to make decent money for the rest of your life, and you’re willing to work hard to get there, then there is no better path than to get you there than a college degree.