Is high education really worth it?

March 5, 2011 8:42am CST
The phenomenon that the salaries of many college graduates are lower than those of migrant rural workers has triggered a heated discussion on the net.Do you think it really reasonable for a poorly-eduacated migrant worker to earn more than a well-educated college graduate?
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• United Kingdom
11 Mar 11
I'm coming from a background of very little in the way of education. I had serous problems in school and ultimately I left without any formal qualifications. Having said this I guess it's well known that once you leave school you start to have serious regrets and I certainly did and I guess I did some very serious thinking back then. I'm talking like an old man when in actual fact I'm only thirty-five years of age! I realised that things were very difficult and everyone was asking for this qualification or that qualification and well, I had no chance. As the years passed though I started enrolling myself on courses and my main area of interest has always been IT! I love technology and I love computers and so this was the obvious path for me to follow in terms of getting some kind of education. Let me try and cut this short as I don't want to ramble on. I've taken quite a few IT courses and now I have the official designation of IT Technician! Not bad for someone coming from a background of no eduction. In terms of higher education and attending University, I'm never had that chance but I have no regrets for not having had that experience. I would say if you have the opportunity to go to University then you should go as there are many people in the world that just don't have that opportunity. There's also the case, as you mention that, some people that have never attended university are on bigger salaries than those that have been to University, this is a big contradiction but it's obviously taking place. I just think we can make the best of our lives as we can. Education is a nice thing if you can get it. Andrew
• United States
8 Mar 11
I don't know if the way the question is stated is really the way the formula works. I think a lot of students do go through college taking the easiest classes and not really learning that much. When they get out they are not prepared to do very much in the work world. They will have trouble getting a job that pays very well. A migrant worker works very hard for his or her money. You will think I am crazy, but I do think that those people who have jobs nobody wants to do should get paid more for that. Those with cushy jobs that are not very difficult should get paid less. But I also believe that highly educated people who work hard should get the most money. Taking out time to go to college is a sacrifice for many people. They should be compensated for that sacrifice.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
8 Mar 11
Well it could come down to a person with a degree versus a person that does not have a degree, for the last two people for a job. If they are evenly matched in every other way in life, then the person that would in fact have the degree, would be someone who would be more apt to get the job, then the person who did not in fact have the degree. Then again, it also depends on the field that you are going to. In the end, there is a lot of higher education opportunities that are perhaps not going to merit all that much of a demand these days in the real world. With how rocky everything in the world is, you've got to have every advantage that you can to get a couple of steps ahead. Perhaps high education would be that advantage, but it really does depend.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
7 Mar 11
I think it's important for the resume really. There are many peple that goes to college and just loose iniciative, like to think for them selves, they start to do all by the book.