A lot of students who finish high school wonder whether or not they should go to college. They doubt that the benefits offer by higher education validate the cost. After all, few students finish college or university without a significant amount of debt. Hopefully, the following will demonstrate just why going to college is a good idea, even if you end up with a lot of student debt.
- More Work Opportunities
If you have a college education, whether that is from a music college or a business school, you instantly have better job prospects. The unemployment rate is still high in this country, which means the number of applicants for each job is very high. As a result, the ones with the highest level of education immediately get pushed to the top of the pile. Additionally, In 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics completed some calculations on earnings and employment, and they found that:
- 10% of the unemployed only have a high school diploma.
- 8% of the unemployed have a college degree.
This instantly shows that having a degree means you are more likely to get a job.
- You Will Earn More
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also looked at average earnings. They found that:
- Those with a high school diploma had an average weekly income of $626.
- Those with a college degree had an average weekly income of $1,025.
- Those with a graduate degree had an average weekly income of $1,257.
This means that, by obtaining a college degree, you can earn $400 a week more on average, irrespective of whether you work in the industry in which you actually obtained a degree. Those who completed a music degree and worked in the music industry could expect even higher earnings.
- You Will Get Professional Training
The most important thing that a college degree will give you is professional training. You will learn the true ins and outs of a specific industry or profession, above and beyond what you could ever learn through on the job experience, particularly in just three or four years. Furthermore, during your college education, you will often have to complete practicum experiences as well as internships. This means that you can start to build your practical experience, but also your network of contacts in the industry you are interested in.
- You Will Develop Yourself
Getting a degree is an investment in yourself. Life is one long journey of learning and you should be committed to learn as much as possible. You will gain very specific skills, but also some transferable skills. You will become an individual who can take pride in their knowledge, who can show the world that they are an expert. And that is something to be very proud of.
It is undeniable that a college education will cost you money. However, over the course of a lifetime, you will easily earn that money back, and then some. Plus, it isn’t all about money – it is about you.