Did you attend college? Are you now working in your original field of study?
The responses to the latter question are always unique. Some of my friends went exactly towards their desired field. Others tried out a few options before they ended up where they are now. Where do you stand? Did you even bother with college?
This then leads us to a critical question…
Is your degree on the list of college majors that pay well or not?
While college in itself is a great experience, regardless of what you study, you really want to ensure that you study something that’ll lead you to money. I don’t see any problems with studying a program that doesn’t have a history of paying well, as long as you don’t pick up massive amounts of debt.
However, if you’re past your mid-20s and are thinking about going back to school, you really should consider your earning potential and your ROI like you would with any other investment.
I wanted to write about why you should earn a degree that actually has a history of paying well…
Why should you earn a degree that actually pays?
I can’t speak too much on this because I studied business and it’s not the most demanding program. My cousin on the other hand, took chemical engineering and he had to bust it all throughout college. He told me that he would only go out for drinks during the first week of the semester and then after finals. The time in school was all spent on working on assignments, dealing with the course load, and trying to get good enough grades to land a job after college.
When you earn a degree that pays well the chances are that you’re going to have push yourself constantly throughout your undergraduate run.
This then leads to the next point…
I’m sure I would’ve had a blast if I got to drink more, watch tv all day, and lounge around when I was in college. The reality is that working full-time while studying, really prepared me for what’s next. I’m no longer intimated by hard work or working long hours. I’m ready to take on all possible challenges, as our my buddies that also worked in school.
Those that took it easy in college are struggling with getting adjusted to the real world now. When you have a job or want to start a business you can’t really sleep in all day and pass the buck. You have to be ready for the least likely problems to hit at the worst times.
Busting it in college will definitely leave you more prepared for life after school.
“College wasn’t originally designed to merely be a continuation of high school (but with more binge drinking). In many places, though, that’s what it has become.” — Seth Godin
After browsing through the list of the top paying college majors, I noticed that most of these programs also had a history of offering work terms. One thing that I’m ashamed to admit is that I never had a work term.
What are the benefits of a work term?
So yeah, there are many benefits to a work term.
When your program is easy you have more time to go out and have fun. While this is awesome at the time, it’s hurtful in the long run. I don’t regret missing any parties because my busy schedule forced me to pick-and-choose. When I did go out, it was a wild time.
I applaud you if you’re thinking about going back to school. There’s no better investment than investing in yourself. I just want you to be wise with your money and study a field that will help you increase your income.
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