There’s been a lot of chatter about college, careers and money lately. If you’re in your late teens or early 20s, the chorus of your elders debating the issue probably sounds like blah, blah, blah. The uncle without a degree makes tens of thousands more than his bachelor-degreed wife. You probably have walked away from conversations like that.
Now, it’s just you and this screen. Take a minute. Consider quality of life. Money is not everything. It’s important and it’s not everything. You’re going to need it, but moment by moment, day by day, is working hard your goal?
Think of just about any industry where a few people you know are employed. If you can’t do that, go with a factory or fast-food restaurant. Where do you want to land in that chain? Do you want to have a say?
Envision the career of your dreams. Let the possibilities filter through your mind. Then think about whether or not you want to be:
Earning better pay
Enjoying more stability
Maybe it’s time to do more than think about it. Ask around. Check out the websites of a few community colleges. A lot of them have mostly or all-online courses. You might not have to drive to a campus very much — if at all. Compare in-district and out-of-district fees. Call at least one college admissions office and find out where you stand with financial aid options.
A certificate or an associate’s degree could translate into you:
Getting consistent hours
Experiencing better working conditions
Finding more job choices
Is college worth it? Without a doubt. Some people experience an immediate jump in income. Others are able to go for promotions previously out of reach. Every single person you ask will tell you that their certificate, associate, bachelor (or beyond) degree impacted their quality of life.
So, since you’re not in the middle of tolerating a debate about college (unless you’ve pulled this up to support your side), go looking. This matters.