Do Employers Prefer A College Degree Or Job Experience?
It seems as though it’s becoming increasingly important for young adults to plan on attending college these days if they want to support themselves. I heard someone say the other day on television that people used to say that everyone needed a high school diploma, and that is equivalent to how a college degree is viewed these days. Does everyone need a college degree?
Moreover, when students graduate and enter the job market, they’re not going to have the experience just yet. There is much to be said about experience and how it helps people in their respective fields. In many businesses, you have people who have experience and have worked their way up, and then you have people that are fresh out of college. Which one is going to get the promotion?
Typically, it’s going to be the one that has the schooling, as they can then get the experience that they need once the degree is earned. What are your views on college vs job experience? That’s pretty much the way it works out in the professional world, and it’s going to happen more and more as the years go by. People are expected to get a degree for most professions that pay reasonably, and of course that degree comes with a hefty price tag these days. It’s sort of a catch 22 situation, right?
Is Job Experience Better Than Going To College?
My son is getting ready to graduate high school and he’s trying to decide if he should go to college. I think it would be a good experience and if he knew what he wanted to do it would be worth it. But he’s starting to think that unless he tries to get a degree in something like nursing or teaching that going to college may not be for him. I have heard lots of people say that college is a waste of time and money. There are many companies around me that are hiring and that pay well. As time goes by they increase your pay. The pay is comparable to what college graduates make. There’s a Minneapolis Pest Control company up the road that is hiring, and I hear they make good money without a lot of stress. I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I do want to put more thought into it. I have been thinking that if I get a degree, I would feel more accomplished, but I may feel like that with a promotion from an employer at a company that doesn’t require a degree. I think I’m going to take a break for a year and then make my decision as to what I am going to do about it.
Is College Really Worth It?
Here’s a guest post by my son:
I have been debating going to college. I have been out of school for a couple years and I am thinking about going back. I can’t decide if college is worth it or if I should find a job with a major company and work my way up without a degree. I have talked to several people that have varying opinions on what to do. Some people claim that college can be a waste of money. But others say that if you have a specialized degree in something it is worth it. I am not sure what I want to do yet, but I do know there is a company that is huge located about 30 minutes away that is hiring. Their rate of pay is better than any other jobs in my area hiring someone with a college degree. While I may feel like I’ve accomplished something by getting a degree, should I waste my time doing it when I can make just as much or more elsewhere? I am going to give it some more thought to see what is going to work out best for me and if there is more money with this other company.
College Vs Job Experience – Should All Young People Get A Degree?
It is no secret that certain jobs out there require a college degree. You don’t want your doctor operating on you based on job experience. He or she needs to have gone to medical school. There are many other professions that fall into this category, but the professional landscape is changing.
Not only that, but tuition prices are skyrocketing. It used to be that young men and women were urged to go to college right out of high school even if they didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives. That still seems like a great idea, right? What if they are going to saddle themselves with thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt?
If you’re going to take out student loans, there needs to be a reason. I say that because student loans can end up totaling up to be the amount you would owe for a mortgage on your first home. Do you ever want to buy a home? Do you want to start making money? You need a plan if you’re going to college these days.
While more and more jobs these days are requiring a degree, it doesn’t mean that everyone needs to go to college. Furthermore, people who go to college come out with the knowledge but not necessarily the experience. Experience says quite a lot about people when it comes to the job market.
Higher Education Versus On The Job Training
Many people wonder whether a higher education is worth the cost. After all, a higher education not only costs a lot of money but it does also cost a considerable amount of money and time. Therefore, it is very important to consider whether it is better to get on-the-job experience rather than pursuing higher education.
One of the problems that you will face with on-the-job experience is that many companies require you to have the experience before they will provide you with the job. This type of situation can become very frustrating as you explain to an employer that you will learn as you work. However, many employers are not concerned with this procedure and would rather hire someone who has already been trained at a traditional school, technical institution or college.
Whether you decide to choose higher education over on-the-job experience is a personal matter but it is important for you to do some serious research about which particular path will be best for your future success. Each way has its own pros and cons and if you are willing to put forth the effort you will have a career that is exciting and that is financially rewarding.
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Hi there – my name is Tom and I have a 16 year old son that is considering colleges. Based on all the horror stories out there, I know one thing for sure – I don’t want to see him strangled by college loan debt, so I have been gearing up to discuss the option of getting hands-on work experience in lieu of formal education. There are pros and cons to be sure, so I thought I would document my findings, in the event any other parent or potential college prospect finds my humble little blog! Enjoy!