To join the workforce or seek a degree is a question often pondered by kids fresh out of high school and people who have their share of time in the real world. The reason this question is even asked is to gauge where their time is better spent, a bit of a risk/cost analysis if you will.

 

At its core the question is flawed simply because not everyone fits into a cookie cutter mold of a certain degree or a certain profession. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of variables that should go into a decision of this magnitude. Yet the message from society is clear. Everyone should go to college. But since when does following what the TV tells you to do make you better off? And let me tell you, all degrees are NOT created equally.

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Education has always been valuable, but recently there has been a rising trend where higher education has been placed on a pedestal that has made it seem a requirement to get anywhere in life. This is just not true. People are forgetting that not much more than a few decades ago, education was a a scarce commodity only really available to the rich elite or those fortunate enough to be sponsored. This was not the end of the road for the 99%. The non college educated did not die from starvation because they did not have a diploma. They had trade skills and relied on what they were good at to earn their livelihoods. And this is still a scenario today.

 

Before thinking whether you should seek a degree, (in whatever it might be), keep this in mind: Not everyone is cut out to read books for hours on end, and not everyone has the strength to get down and dirty in a construction site. Were all different with different talents. Not everyone one is an intellectual. Not everyone has technical skills. Only after you understand this can you start asking yourself which category you fit in, and eventually be ready to ask the big question that might very well determine how you live the rest of your life. This is not an easy question to answer and should not be taken lightly and more importantly, cannot be made for you.

 

Part 2 will discuss the pros and cons of both answers.