When today’s thirty-somethings were graduating from high school, a high school diploma was enough to get you by in the professional world. You could make something of yourself without ever going to college.
In the 21st century, you need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to truly make your mark as a professional. In fact, there is a strong correlation between professional success in today’s workforce and a person’s level of education.
The competitive job market
Education is important, and it’s even more important when you’re in a competitive field. Careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are super competitive.
There are so many specialists flooding the field, that you have to know how to make yourself stand out from the rest of the pack. Start working on your resume while you’re in school, and keep track of all the “extras” you accrue as you progress.
Years spent in college train you
The time you spend in college will train you for your professional career. Employers know that, which is why your years spent in the books makes such a huge impact on your hireability.
College puts you through the gambit of various situations you may encounter in your prospective career, and the training you receive is not something you could otherwise experience. Your college career is just as important as your chosen career.
You could consider the cheaper alternative
There are other ways to earn a living without going through the rigorous training process of college. You will have to work hard no matter what path you choose to travel, but you could be in a little less debt.
Find a company willing to offer on-the-job training. You may also benefit from company funded education. Let your employer foot the bill for your education, and save yourself thousands.
Follow-through is essential to success
College is a do or die situation. If you don’t apply yourself, you won’t make it through college. You have to do work outside of the classroom to survive.
You have to study in college. There are very few students who make it through school without ever cracking a book, so don’t test the theory.
The name of your school also matters
You may not want it to be true, but the more prestigious the name of your university, the more money you will make in the professional world. If you attend Yale or Harvard, you’re going to have higher pay opportunities.
If you get your degree from a small-town university, you’ll still have numerous professional opportunities come your way once you graduate. However, you will get better offers with a degree from a school that is well-known in the field (or in general).