Recently, I read a Washington Post article discussing the value of a college education. The article asks the question: “Is bypassing college smarter than paying for a degree?” The article further states “The hefty price tag of a college degree has some experts worried that its benefits are fading.” The article focuses on the return on investment of a college degree in dollars and cents.
Certain careers such as medicine, law, engineering and accounting require a degree. I agree there are some college degrees that may not have relevance in the real world, but a college education is more than dollars and cents. It trains you to think in a multitude of situations. It is intended to prepare you for life, multiple careers not just one job. A college education (degree) is your admission ticket to a better life, but it is not a guarantee. One way to reduce the cost of college is to do well in high school and earn a scholarship. Another way may be attending community college for two years and transfer for the last two years. One should start with what you want to do. This is the most important part of your decision. Then find out what education, training and skills you need to succeed in that career. Last, you have to like what you do in order to be successful.
Many high school graduates do not know what they want to do. They go to college to figure it out. Is that the best use of their time and money? Perhaps not! College is getting expensive and it may be better to get a job until you figure it out. That may work in a perfect world, but it is not right for everybody. In a college environment there are resources for figuring out your future. There is no easy answer; however looking at a college degree only in terms of dollars and cents is not the answer.