Just to further explain my last post- because I realized it wasn’t clear- I don’t undervalue education. Education is very important. However, there is a point where the education you are paying for isn’t worth what you are paying. That’s where I believe we’re at in this country.
The degree I earned didn’t prepare me for the industry I wanted to enter. I didn’t pick up the valuable skills that are needed to succeed. I have a lot of basic information that I retained, but it doesn’t take me anywhere.
I’m a writer and you don’t have to have a degree to write. It helps, but it’s not required. I’m a jewelry designer- self taught- and I didn’t need to get my degree to create my own brand. Knowledge helps, but you can get it from books or even on-line.
We are told that a college education is ALWAYS required to succeed. This is not the case. You can be an insurance agent, without a degree, and make more money than a biologist (I know because I was an insurance agent and my husband is a biologist). You can work up the ladder as a warehouse worker to manager (which you’d have to do with a degree as well) and you can make almost the same, if not the same, as you would if you’d gotten a degree. And you won’t have to pay out a mortgage-sized payment every month to achieve this.
Until they stop raising the cost of education at an exorbitant rate, and not giving anything extra with it- like career assistance- than I don’t believe it’s worth the money for most people. What you are putting out in your hard earned cash is way more than what you are getting in return.
Also, as I stated before, most eighteen year olds have no idea what they want to do when they are thirty and have a family. They are idealist and naive. I truly believe that if you want to go to school, you need to wait a few years (take a Gap Year like they do in other parts of the world) and really think about what will fulfill you for the rest of your life. What’s going to keep you secure and happy? Then go to school.
Don’t waste four years of your life on a degree you won’t end up using, but you’ll pay out the nose for.
That’s what I meant.