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Is College a Waste of Time and Money for Most People?

When a person finishes school he is faced with probably the first serious, responsible dilemma in his life:

  • How to build the life further?
  • How to make the right choice and what is actually hidden behind each of the options?
  • Should I take a gap year to learn what I truly want and travel the world? Is it better to move from my hometown or not?
  • And, most importantly, is it necessary to invest in higher education, or immediately find a part-time job and become someone's assistant and quickly learn everything in practice?

Is College a Waste of Time and Money for Most People?: eAskme
Is College a Waste of Time and Money for Most People?: eAskme

Well, let’s try to clear up the confusion a bit, at least with what’s related to higher education.

The Price:

Quite often, the refusal to get higher education does not come from a good life.

With less education funding, rapid inflation and in general high fees, enrolling in a university has become an unattainable dream for many.

Some education establishments still try to persuade young people to get a college degree, if the high costs is the only thing that stops them, since if a person is persistent and diligent enough, this investment, and, in the majority of cases, debt, will definitely be worth it.

However, such popular stories of success, like Mark Zuckerberg’s one seem to prove that impressive profits and successful companies are quite possible without that cherished cardboard, which is also called a diploma.

Many famous millionaires didn't spend time on going to the universities, but were  experimenting and trying to implement ideas in practice in real conditions.

As a result, they had a head start of at least several years in front of those who responsibly were giving their time listening to lectures only remotely related to their professional sphere.

However, it should be understood here that although such stories exist, for the most part this is a rare combination of luck, coincidences, extremely hard work and a lot of nerves, which sometimes, with the help of the skills that we get at the university, can be avoided.

That's why as soon as you start chatting about higher education with those who, for whatever reason, did not receive it, you’ll notice that many admit that they regret it.

It would have helped them to avoid many mistakes, saved a lot of nerves, and given several exciting, adventurous, and yet careless years with new friends.

The Quality:

Of course, hardly anyone will be able to argue that knowledge is power. However, the form in which it is presented can sometimes raise questions.

Compared to short-term courses, universities appear to be overcrowded with subjects that have little or even no direct relation to the specialty.

In addition, the job market dictates its own trends.

Employers prefer workers with a wide profile to narrow specialists, arguing that it is easier to train a person, than to hire someone from a university who is unlikely to have many practical skills in modern realities.

But what is important to remember here, is that the goal of the university is not only to give you hard skills, but also to teach you some soft ones.

As a freshman, you get the opportunity to communicate and build relationships with very different people at once, with various backgrounds, views, ideas and opinions.

Certainly with the web you don't have to worry about being cut off from the world completely. You can easily find love, make acquaintances, or simply meet here for a chat.

However, this can hardly give you the needed skills and chances to develop relationships in the offline world, as well as form professional connections to help you get ahead with your career.

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