Is Getting a College Degree Still Worth Your Time?

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It’s not a secret to most people that finding a job that pays enough to cover anything beyond the cost of living can sometimes seem impossible. If you have considered going back to school, you may have felt daunted or deterred by the money and time a degree requires and you may have wondered if it’s even practical to get a college education. While it’s important to look to the future and plan carefully for the time and expense a college degree will take, you can take comfort that a college education is still worth earning.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. IT MAY BE THE KEY TO ADVANCING IN YOUR CAREER

Even if your dream job doesn’t require you to have a college degree to get hired, it’s highly likely that you’ll need a degree to grow within your field. You’ll likely find that a degree is necessary to  get promoted up the chain, and make better money in your career. By earning a college degree you may be able to gain a competitive advantage over other candidates.

2. UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOWER AMONG COLLEGE GRADUATES

Unemployment has decreased in recent years but there is still a difference in unemployment rates between people who have only graduated from high school and people who have graduated from college.

3. IT ENRICHES YOUR LIFE OVERALL

Over the course of earning your degree, the information and lessons you will learn will be more than just what you read out of textbooks and hear in lectures. You may not realize all the ways you’re learning at the time but your life will be enriched. It will also help you improve your ability to learn, which will be of great benefit to you in the future.

4. COLLEGE GRADUATES MAKE MORE MONEY THAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

While income and compensation obviously vary with career field and position, generally speaking, college graduates make more money* than high school graduates in similar positions. This pay gap continues to increase with time.

5. FINDING A JOB CAN BE EASIER

Since the end of the Great Recession in 2010, 11.4 million of the 11.6 million new jobs that have been created went to people with at least some college education. Those high numbers ought to convince you that in today’s job market, you probably can’t afford not to get a degree if you want a secure chance for a steady job in today’s job market.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

If these reasons aren’t enough, there are now more online college options than ever to help improve the cost and convenience of going to school. Online universities like Independence University give you the flexibility to learn on your own time from anywhere.

Even though there will always be reasons that could keep you from going back to school, you will not regret doing so for the ways that it will improve your life and help you advance in your career.

 

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