College are Not

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College are Not

Question

Should I go to college are should I get a job and start my adult life?

Answer

It is refreshing to have a question where the answer for both males and females are the same. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the United States:

  • Median annual earnings for college graduates (bachelor’s degree) aged 25-34 who worked full-time, year-round were $61,600 in 2021.
  • Median annual earnings for high school graduates aged 25-34 who worked full-time, year-round were $39,700 in 2021.

Therefore, on average, college graduates (bachelor’s degree) earned $21,900 more annually compared to high school graduates in 2021. This translates to a 55% higher median income for college graduates.

As you see this is a complicated question. I am going to give a simple formula  to answer the question for yourself.

College: A Valuable Investment, But Not for Everyone

While the gender pay gap exists throughout careers, the question of “should I go to college?” remains uniform for both men and women.

Statistics show a significant earning potential difference between college graduates and high school graduates. However, the decision to pursue higher education goes beyond just salary.

Here’s a simple framework to guide your decision:

1. Academic Aptitude and Interest: Enjoying school and consistently achieving strong grades (A’s and B’s) indicates a potential fit for the academic rigor of college.

2. Career Aspiration: If you have a clear vision for your future career path, and especially if that path requires a specific college degree, then college becomes highly relevant.

3. Financial Resources: The ability to finance your education through scholarships, family support, student loans, or other means is crucial. If these options are limited, exploring alternative career paths might be necessary.

Remember: College is a valuable investment for many, but it’s not the only path to success. Carefully consider these factors and explore all possibilities before making your decision.

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