How Important is a College Degree? Friday October 27, 2006 - Dawn Rosenberg McKay A college education costs a small fortune -- no no -- make that a large fortune. And what do you get in the end? A job just like everyone else has. Will you get paid any more money than your friend with only a high school diploma? Apparently the answer is a resounding yes. Robert Longley, the About.com Guide to U.S. Government Info reports on new U.S. Census Bureau data that shows that "Americans age 18 and older with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $51,554, while those with a high school diploma earned $28,645."
This shows that a college education pays, but is it for everyone? I strongly believe that everyone who can, should get a college education. Paying for college should not be an issue, whether that means applying for financial aid or scholarships or working your way through school. If one doesn't have the drive or desire to attend college, than solid training in a field that doesn't require a degree is a must. There are many career options for which you don't need a four-year college education.
Moral of the story... you may excel in certain things without a college education. But you better hope so because it wasn't very smart of you to bypass a degree. Additionally, with a higher income, you see why the saying "It takes money to make money." means more than paying for college (and all else it means). You are given better interest rates when you can stick a fancy acronym on the end of your signature which means you pay your home and credit cards off a lot faster and are granted a higher 401k match per year from your employer.
First of all, how educated one is after college, is a matter of the college attended and the willingness to learn while there. People can cheat through college; a lot of students rely solely on their short term memories to get through, and many people have bullshit degrees like Art History or General Studies. What are you going to apply that to anyway? Education is easily obtained. If you want to know the same thing as a college student, go on amazon and get the book. You'll know everything they know. You just won't be tested on it. Also, students begin at community colleges where little is taught and the teachers test and grade so easily and lazily then transfer after the undergrad program and graduate two years later from a university. That isn't a four year college education, by any means. A bachelors is rather ordinary anyway; typically you can imagine someone as knowing their **** in a particular field after they get a masters which requires focused and grueling studies. I think hands-on work experience is much better than classroom knowledge. I've learned more through jobs related to my major than I do from textbooks.
I also disagree with common sense and intelligence having anything to do with one another. Perhaps that is a fact; I don't actually know. But having sense is something that comes natural; like wit or cleverness. I define 'intelligence' as acquired knowledge. And just because someone has a little more sense than the next person doesn't mean they know anything about the other persons intelligence.
I think a lot of people in lower positions also blindly believe their bosses know nothing because they may be told at work to do something that doesn't make any sense to them. But the boss is telling them to do something so it will coincide with a larger task. A task that is usually undisclosed to lower positions. Companies often lie and mislead their employees to run them in circles and distract them or hide from them bigger things so as not to scare or disclose certain information to their employees. Lower positions will often freak out over the normal fluctuation of a business so their attention is often directed to left field..... so they'll never suspect things going on in right field. Its a simple tactic and it works extremely well. This is why you'll often find people bitching about how stupid they think the company their with is and how they think they know so much better than their college educated employers; because they ...blindly... think their bosses think they know better because of the education. Well, certain things are learned in college that you won't learn anywhere else. Which is why the most successful people are the ones who learned business both in a classroom and a conference room, simultaneously. You go to college to be untaught everything you had been taught at work. And you go to work to be untaught everything you learned in college. It's combining and applying all the knowledge together that leads to high power positions.