Since the onset of the recession in 2008, it’s become very trendy to discuss the crisis that recent college graduates face when attempting to get a job in a bad economy with massive student debt loads. Of course, there has also been a lot of chatter out there about whether a college degree is even worth obtaining anymore. I have always firmly believed that a college degree is completely, utterly, and totally worthwhile, even if it means taking on debt to achieve and it hurts my heart when I hear people doubting this.
I had grand plans to write a lengthy post about my feelings on this topic, but I came across this great infographic which explains very succinctly why a college degree is incredibly valuable, even in a recession. The infographic is much prettier than the rant I had planned, so enjoy!
Simply put, the graph tells us it’s better to have a college degree than not. Jobs that don’t require a high degree of education are being filled by technology and people overseas who can work for a lower wage. It’s getting harder for people with no education beyond high school to find and keep a job, not to mention make a decent wage. Having a bachelor’s degree is the best opportunity for one to increase income, bue even will all the data available, people find reason to not continue their education. I’m here to say – you have options!
Community colleges and online universities are perhaps the best option for people with concerns or situations that prevent them from attending a traditional four-year institution. Community colleges are affordable, and if transportation or time are an issue, online education may be the answer. Learning can be done from the comfort of your home. These two educational options offer a wide variety of subjects to study and one can earn a degree for less time and money (in most cases). Think of what taking online computer programming courses can do for your career! You can literally change your employability within a matter of months by continuing your education beyond high school. You could even earn a law degree online! These advancements in the availability of education make it easier than ever to improve your employment outlook. I’m totally an advocate and encourage you to research your options.
What do you think? Is a college education worth it? I think I’ve make my feelings clear, but, as always, I love to hear from you guys 🙂