Why do we need a college degree to find a job?

I stumbled upon this very good question while I was browsing through a list of questions on the web.

The person who asked the question brought up some good points such as high cost of education, non-major-related job post-graduation, and therefore the lack of practicality of the college degree. The person then goes onto suggesting that colleges be like vocational schools, providing only necessary job training and education.

Those are some good points.  Memorizing and reiterating tons of information for exams feels like an endless process with no real life application for a typical college student. There are, however, some work-related skills gained from a college education such as being able to organize and prioritize to meet deadlines and being able to work as a team to complete group projects.  Moreover, the completion of a college degree is a representation of your commitment and good work ethic.

Although you can indeed find a job without a college degree, many jobs that don’t require a college degree are low paying ones.  Unless your college degree is in nursing or engineering, you may find yourself underemployed in non-major related job.  For that reason, I highly recommend non-nursing or non-engineering major students to take advantage of the various college volunteer, work, or internship opportunities.  In the process, you will gain some work experience and be able to network.  This will make employment in the field of your interest possible.

The vocational school idea is a very great suggestion, but not everyone knows right off the bat what they want to be when they grow up.  College offers those non-declared major students the opportunity to take a variety of general education courses and figure out what they want to do with their lives.  Even if the students know what they wanted to be when they grow up, the students might take their pre-requisites only to figure out that they were not cut out for medical school, for example.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

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