College Degrees Continue to Hold Value
College educations continue to become more and more valuable. In fact, if you take into account average additional wages, not going to college can cost you a half a million dollars. Whether you decide to be one of the 11% percent of college graduates who major in history or one of the 6% of graduates who pursue a psychology degree, completing a college degree will be a good investment. The decision to attend college, whether it is made immediately after finishing high school or a little later in life, is a good one.
College graduates begin their careers with a higher starting salary. In fact, a person with a bachelor’s degree starts with an estimated $45,000 salary. With that in mind, even if you are several years out of high school, you should consider continuing or starting your college career. Adult education programs helping learners achieve a bachelor degree or available at large and small universities alike.
Several popular majors include a communications or family studies degree. An English degree is also a worthwhile pursuit. Many jobs require writing and other forms of communication. A complete college transcript with any kind of English or communications major translates into skills that are applicable to a variety of fields.
While expense and investment are often concerns of both high school graduates and adults making the decision to attend college, many affordable options are available. For example, some students consider starting at a community college where per credit prices are lower. Some adults who are already working decide to take advantage of tuition reimbursement offered by their employers.
In addition to expense, some new college students have to learn to make a time commitment. Especially if you are an adult already working, scheduling will be important. Perhaps your first few semesters will require you to carry a smaller class load so that you can manage the requirements of both college and work. Experience gained in managing your time as a college student though is worthwhile in itself. Every job that you will apply for requires time management and being able to show on your resume that you mastered a full time college schedule or a part time college schedule and a full time job speaks volumes to future employers.
Nearly 83% of all college graduates say that their degree has paid off for them in the long run.In 2013, Americans with four-year degrees made 98% more an hour than people who did not complete a degree.