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03/08/15

College hounded: Why some degrees, or college in general, just aren't worth the money

If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a thousand times, a cliché that is embedded in the minds of high school students and parents alike as it relates to continuing their education.
"You have to get a college education."
And while that sentiment hardly is outdated, it certainly can be questioned more so today than a decade ago. Most high school students simply assumed that college was inevitable once the high school diploma was received.
From there, that same student was stationed inside the room of a guidance counselor who helped pave the way for them into the first semester and develop a plan in choosing a major. The one flaw in the process, however, seems to be a serious dose of honesty as it relates to college majors in general and their relevancy specifically.
Truth is, some college majors simply don't translate into a high paying job once earned. Degrees in communications, public relations, English writing or art fail to deliver the type of payoff college students need once they dig themselves into debt after four or more years in a traditional post high school university or college.

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Again, this isn't to suggest that college is absolutely worthless, but if you're interested in any of the aforementioned majors, you might want to reconsider how much you spend and exactly where you attend. Take writing, for instance. You might be able to latch on to an online publication or print media in a smaller, entry level role just by applying and giving samples of your work. The college degree isn't paramount, perhaps preferred, but doesn't necessarily mean you'll be shut out of various opportunities.
The bigger argument seems to be whether college as a whole is worth the investment, as trade schools and specialty programs that typically are less expensive have risen to prominence in recent years, given that not everyone has the kind of money college life demands.
Nursing, massage therapy and wellness have developed programming lends itself to high school graduates who aren't thrilled with four more years of books and classroom work but rather want hands on field experience right away.
No matter what your view, one consensus stays the same: you should pursue something after high school. What that is exactly is up for debate more so now than ever. In some ways, that is a good thing. The more options you have available, the better choice you'll be likely to make as it relates to your next educational step.

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