Was your college degree worth it?

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  1. BigPhil_H

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    Do you think that it was worth it? Besides the college experience, do you feel as if you have been afforded better opportunities, higher pay and prestige within your occupation?
     
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    What I did while working during college served me better than my education but one without the other isn't as valuable as the combination.
     
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    Just got mine last year. I am 42. Got a 4.0 average just to check a box. I am luck that I only had to pay about 10K the company I worked for paid the rest. We will see if it makes a difference. From what I can tell it will in terms of advancement within the company.
     
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    Only way you can do what I do, so I suppose it was ;)

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    Depends on the field you are trying to enter the job force,for the most part college is the high school diploma of 40 years ago. And today's world you can't get a corperate gig without it.

    A 2 year tech college is almost mandatory for entry level work these days.
     
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    Never got one and it was well worth not getting one :woot:
     
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    I just spent last weekend in a couple of rental cabins with 12 of my buddies from college. It has been 25 years since we graduated. We had this discussion and all agreed that the experience and diploma were well worth the cost and effort. For me personally, I learned and experienced a lot of things that I use to this day. I vote, "worth it".
     
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    Well i only have a two year tech degree and im hourly. I make as much as the engineers here where i work. So for me yes it was. But my pay rate came with experience too. Took longer to make as much.
     
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    Not necessarily...A degree in general yes, but not a teaching degree.

    I'll answer it as getting "a degree" from college was/is worth it.
     
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    Yes it was. Doing what I do, I will always be poor, will be lucky to ever make $50-60k, but I enjoy my job, and it's really the only way to get the job I have. With that said, at least in my field, a degree without experience is absolutely worthless

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    Yes it was....
     
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    Right. A college degree would imply one has gone to college. The only way you can do what I do is with a degree. ;)
     
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    I'm 24, and will have a stable job in a career that will only increase in demand. Set for life as long as I don't get burnt out or bored with it.

    Yes it was worth it.

    There are plenty of ways to make a great living without a degree, and there are plenty of ways to get a completely wasted degree. If you are smart about what you go to school for you will come out ahead in the long run however. I wouldn't trade my years in college for anything, no matter how expensive they were or how many years I'll be paying for them :rant: lol
     
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    Well, this makes me feel at least a little bit better. I have a test tomorrow, Thursday, another test and two more papers on Friday, a project due Monday and another mid-term paper due next Friday. School, for me at least, is overwhelming. I'm a senior in the Criminology program with high hopes of joining the fed's in the next few years. Just have to keep pushing I guess. My dad has always said, "pressure makes diamonds or it makes dust."
     
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    YES IT WAS!! Without a Doubt!! I knew when I was 12 I wanted to be an Electronic Engineer. I love what I do!(And the money ain't bad either!) :tu:
     
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    Yes I definitely think it was. Had some buddies making a lot of money in construction while I was pinching pennies going to school. They were young and had nice cars and such and I wondered more than once if I was doing the right thing by getting a degree. While I feel that experience far outpaces any classroom experience it takes the degree to get into the door to get on the elevator. You are responsible for the hard work, sacrifice and effort after that, no degree can give you that.
     
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    Just don't overpay for it and take unnecessary student loans. Other than that advice, yes definitely!
     
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    I don't have a degree, I dropped out of college to come back home and take over the family construction business and eventually got back into farming and fell into ranch and wildlife management. I had a major in graphic arts so even had I gone on to a degree, I'd likely have been doing something completely different so I have no idea how that would have turned out...I may well have been a starving artist. :lol:

    It's funny how life events can twist and turn and change so drastically from teens to eventual career.
     
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    No degree here, I went the military route (electronics). Turned that training and education combined with self taught computer knowledge into a career. While I think college today is over sold it does give those with a degree a leg up over those without in most cases. But either way what you become is more up to your work ethic.


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