You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
You have a family to take care of, food to put on the table, and a better life to build. No one wants to slave away at a factory job for minimum wage and a bare bones benefits package. You’re probably wondering if a bachelor’s degree is worth the cost, right? If you do plan on making the four-year commitment to getting your bachelor’s degree, take a look at these stats first.
In 2012, the average salary for employees with a bachelor’s degree was $46,900.* Compare that to the $30,000 salary that high school graduates earn, on average.* And if you didn’t make it out of high school, well, don’t be surprised if you aren’t earning more than $22,900 a year. It’s pretty evident that buckling down and going to college will pay for itself in the long run.
One important thing to remember is that your paper pusher job or manual labor hours you’ve put in will only add to your resume when you have your degree. Real world experiences, particularly those learned waiting tables or rushing a fraternity, is valued when you have the education to back it up. The social interaction itself is a boost to your character. And all those nights waiting tables and skipping the parties…well, that takes drive and dedication.
There are a number of schools that offer short-term programs or degrees online. For years, both paths were deemed the “American Way”. In our current society, making your way into the workforce is survival of the fittest. If you want a corporate ladder to climb or opportunities to grow, a bachelor’s degree is that extra tool that can help you reach that big, fancy desk at the end.
*National Center for Education Statistics