Before exploring the reasons you should pursue a Bachelor’s degree, let’s look at a few reasons why you shouldn’t. You should not pursue a Bachelor’s degree if your goal in life is to dig ditches, or if you want to be able to say, “I may go back and get my degree” when you’re 70 years old. You also should not get a Bachelor’s degree if you believe that college is just another example of the capitalist oppressors keeping their foot on the neck of the working class.
With those caveats out of the way, let’s look at what a Bachelor’s degree can do for you. In many ways, a Bachelor’s today is equivalent to what a high school diploma was in the 1950’s and 1960’s: to have any hope for a management position, you must have a degree. Aside from the obvious education aspect, completing a four-year degree program tells employers that you can commit to a large task and follow through. It’s also an easy way for interviewers to cull out resumes with very little effort.
Also with regard to employment opportunities, it really doesn’t matter what your degree is in; it’s only important that you have one. Employers are looking for people with many different skill sets, and while they can teach you their business, they can’t duplicate the wide range of subjects you are exposed to in college. The old adage that employers want well-rounded employees may sound cliche, but it is also true.
And, if you happen to be a recent high school graduate considering a Bachelor’s degree, you absolutely must do it, and do it now. Don’t wait until you’re 30 with a full-time job and family to try to get your degree. Just embrace the idea of four (or five or six) years of mom and dad paying for you to get up at 10 am for your 10:15 Philosophy class, endless frat parties, and the joyful postponement of life in the real world.