Have you ever wondered if your college degree was really worth it?
Maybe in the throes of paying back your loans, or you happen upon an old college notebook. Sometimes, and especially when I was laid off, I question if I would be the same person or make the same choices, sans academia.
Does College Buy You A Job?
Does college buy or guarantee you a job? Definitely not. In this economy (in any economy ever) simply having a degree doesn’t mean you’ll be simply hired. If you’re choosing between a job and college and all you want is a job, choose the job.
A special case might be specialized education tracks like law, medicine, or vocational. In those industries, you either have the qualifications or you don’t.
What Does College Really Buy You?
By now, I’m convinced that college buys you more opportunity. College buys you knowledge of the world to narrow down what you really want, and gives you an awareness and a sensitivity to opportunities that you weren’t aware of before.
There are a few caveats, though: You can get this sensitivity and awareness without going to college, and you can leave college without getting it, too. College is simply a two to four (or beyond) year opportunity to completely immerse yourself in becoming more sensitive to potential and opportunity.