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Is College Still Worth It?

A question is sparking debates as tuition rates spiral out of control and unemployment for college grads hits record levels: Is a college degree worth it?

Is College Still Worth It? - Infographic


For most American high school graduates, college is a no brainer. It is what you’re supposed to do after high school. We spend thousands of dollars to get degrees that, in today’s economy, may or may not get us jobs. Some of us don’t even know what we are going to study. We blindly step onto campus hoping that something will pop out at us as interesting. When nothing catches our fancy, we settle for business, communications or some other general degree. Alas, here we are, kicked out into the world of specialization when we are jacks-of-all-trades and masters at none. Finals will end soon, and the metamorphosis from undergraduate to graduate is around the corner for many young adults. Were the four (or more) years really worth the money and sweat spent on an education? Should high school graduates be pushed into trade school where they can learn specialized skills to actually land them a job? There is no direct answer, but the thought is definitely worth considering.

For many, the value of a degree is not just the earnings impact over a lifetime, but the experiences and personal development that occur during these years. Maturing into a focused, passionate learner can help you find opportunities for career progression.

With work taking up almost half of your waking hours each day, don’t you want to spend your career working at a meaningful, empowering job? We do! Because if you love your job, magical things start to happen that are worth much more than your paycheck. Then the pay is just an added bonus. The infographic below attempts to work through this important topic and weigh the pros and cons of going to college.