college degree..

@wmaharper (2316)
United States
January 13, 2007 10:26am CST
When I was in highschool I was told that if I didn't go to college, I would never get a good paying job. My husband does not have a college degree, and he's a store manager at a retail store. He makes good money and I don't have to work. We live in college town and know alot of students who pay 20,000 dollars a year to get a top-knotch education. What do you think? do you think it's worth the money? Do you have a college degree?
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I have a degree. I also don't have a job in the field I studied. In fact from my class that year only 5 do. Most companies actually don't put much stock in eduaction any more unless your in specific fields. For example, right now at my plant in the engineering department only one of them has a engineering degree, and he's the most incompetent of them. The best of the lot has a degree in MUSIC, another is finishing a degree in business. They get their jobs by who they know , not competency or education. It was the same way at the last company I worked for.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yes, this happens alot. Makes you wonder why people are forking over the money for a degree..
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@dip_cool (411)
• India
13 Jan 07
well if you have a college degree you can earn far more than a normal person.and here in India if you dont have atleast a college degree you dont get even a decent paying job.and anyways not all people go to college for earning big money.some are really interested in education too.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
I don't have a college degree, but i'm a stay at home mom. My husband finished high school and that is it. He works for a water company and he makes over 60,000 a year. He makes way more then my brother in law who has a masters. He only makes about 35,000 a year. I think that education is very important, and I would like my children to go to college. But it isn't for everybody.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes, my hubby earns alot more than alot of our friends whom have business degrees.. so it just depends on who you are and what kind of employee you are..
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
it really depends on your capability.. a lot of people suceed with life without a bachelor's degree.. im still young nd was told by my mother that whatever happens i have to finish schooling since that would be the only wealth that could never be taken away from me.. and she was right.. i was so lucky to have her.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yes I agree, Education is important.
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@eseomame (1146)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Where I live, bachelor's degree is very much important. Like you saidm people do succeed without it, but to be on the safer side, you have to get it.
• United States
14 Jan 07
It totally depends upon what you want to do with your life, what career path you want to take. Obviously, to be a doctor, teacher, nurse-you must have a minimum of what the position requires in terms of education. To become a manager of a retail store, restaraunt, etc. I think experience and hard work definitely matters more. Both of my parents have masters degrees and neither worked in fields that were even close to what they had studied. My sister has a Bachelor's degree from VCU in Art History and works in Sales (of course, a degree in art is different from one in education....)I am thirty and back in school after having many different jobs. I've always wanted to work in the nursing field and now that my children are school-aged, I have to opportunity to continue my education and finally graduate. I really enjoy it, now that I'm older and am certain in what I want out of life.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
YEs, all very good points, and I think it's true for alot of people, they will get a job that makes good money until they don't need to work just for the money anymore,than they are free to get a job that they enjoy and may not pay them as well initially.
@multisubj (451)
• India
14 Jan 07
There is no link between College degree and earning capacity, unless a person wants to earn using the degree. In such case, the degree in hand must have market demand and the employers should be searching for persons with the degree. It also depends on the place you live and your willingness to work anywhere including in cities and remote areas. Some jobs require wide travel and meeting people. Many of my relatives do not have any education worthwhile, not to speak of a degree. They made a lot of money, providing goods and services which the market wants. If there are large number of people with the same degree as ours, we lose our competitive advantage. If somebody holding the same degree is prepared to work at a lower salary, if not today, tomorrow the employer will get rid of us. Degree indicates that you have tried to acquire some skill formally. The employer will have to test the skills before taking a person into the job. Or train you if you lack them. For that reason only, most employers want experienced persons who worked in a similar capacity, in a similar Company. summary: Acquire skills which are in good demand. Prove it with a degree initially. Establish yourself in the job by performing the skills.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
thankyou for your thoughtful response.
@Itallie (65)
• Italy
14 Jan 07
I have a degree in education and I am not even sure I will use it. I think that my college experience was great, and I wouldn't trade it in for anything, but if you are going to go to college you should get a degree in something very specific. A specialization is the only thing that a college degree can do to set you apart from the crowd. But just as easily you can work your way up through a good company and make great money. For example, Costco and Starbucks are great companies for employees who don't want to or can't afford to go to college. There are a lot of advancement opportunities within these companies and they pay well.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
yes, it is easy for a hard worker to work thier way up to a better paying position.
• United States
14 Jan 07
Is your husband in retail sales? If he is, then that's why you dont need a degree. If you go into sales, no degree is needed. Just like starting your own business, you don't need a degree. However, if you want to be a doctor, lawyer, or nurse, then you need a degree. If you want to make big money and not have to go through 4 years of school, go into real estate, schooling is only 8 months... It all depends on what career you're pursuing.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes, i agree. There are definent professions that need a degree. Thanks for your response.
@kou7hik (243)
• India
13 Jan 07
I have a college degree and i am currently working in a well paid job. I am aspiring to do post graduation and have applied to the universities. According to me, education should not be measured against the money recieved from it. It has its own good (including money).
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
yes, that's very true. Education in of itself is priceless, however many people are misled to believe that once they get thier degree, the job offers will come flooding in, which simply isn't true.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
13 Jan 07
A college degree will be very helpful in getting a good paying job or career but companies now look for experience in that field more than anything now. I would still go to school though and get a degree as it is still good to have in many cases. Some good paying jobs do not require a college degree. Did your husband work at that store for a long time? People that work in a place for a long time can be hired at a better position based on their work ethic and loyalties to that company. I have an associates degree and a bachelors degree but my job does not pay that great nor did the banks that I worked at. Good paying jobs also vary from state to state as well.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
No, My hubby didn't work there very long, in fact he got hired in as an assistant manager with no expierence (he knew someone) and worked as an assitant and was promoted to store manager a year later. HE's a good worker and that's why he got promoted, but if he hadn't known someone in the business, he may have never even gotten the chance.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
I believe the same thing. My cousin spent alot of money on college and he's not even doing the job that he went to school for. Every job he applied to told him he had to much education. Strange. I went to college 10 years after high school but not for a degree. I'm a hair stylist. It was a junior college. I feel these kids go to school get done and don't get the jobs that are with the degree. Something needs to change.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yes, that is strange, but i've heard that before too, they think you are overqualified, and they know you'll realize that so they dont even want to hire you, for fear that you will find a better job soon-after. It's silly if you ask me.
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@kellahinx (372)
• United States
13 Jan 07
It definately depends on the type of job you want and for many jobs you are required to have a college degree simply because it shows the level of work you are capable of performing. I have a college degree, but I didn't go to get it because I wanted to get a good job. I went because I like to learn and I wanted the education. I think it was worth it and even though I have some debt because of it, I would never trade it for the world. In fact I want to go back and get more schooling. However, I can't say that college is for everyone. Not everybody has the same mentality as me.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
YEs, that's true. I don't have a degree, although I am a liscenced minister, and attended a Training Center for 2 years. If I ever went back to school, I think it would be to Major in foriegn languages, just for fun.
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@sural_78 (13)
• India
14 Jan 07
Many people don't have college degree and they make good earnings. That doesn't mean that college degree has no importence. Even your husband sometimes may be feeling that if he had college degree his salary would have been more than the amount which he is earning at present. In some cases you learn many things by going to college and some time you learn by practical experience. The value of practical experience and job knowledge gets more weightage over college degree. The person who has both degree as well as experience will be earning more than the person who simply has the experience. Ofcourse, exceptions are every where.
• India
13 Jan 07
ya college digree is very impotanat even then skul once as we get jobs with the help of college degree only n not with the help of skul degrees.............on the other hand we get admision in gud coolege if we got gud degree by skul.....so both do ther works at ther places.
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@nhicie (37)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
yeah education is a key to success...it cannot be taken away from you.
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@nhicie (37)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
on the other hand, other people with no degrees become successful its because of their hardwork and perseverance in life. i am wondering sometimes, why there is a lot of people with no degrees become successful compare to those who accomplished college degrees ...y is that??
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
just because you have a college degree does not mean you have the character or perserverance to do anything with it.
• India
14 Jan 07
try asking on yahoo answers here u get fake answers coz people wana earn money.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
24 Jan 07
yeah, I hate it when they do that.. (sarcasm...)
@ride54toi (406)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
College education is still very important. But, just because you're college graduate doesn't mean you'll be paid higher than others.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
yes, thanks for your response.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I think it's all up to the person. I mean a college degree can get you a better job then a store manager. With a college degree you can make even more money. But it all depends on the person. Do they want a job making good money or do they want a career making excellent money? So if you have the money to go to college and get a degree, then go for it because in the long run, you will get that money back once you find that good paying career and not just some good paying job. There is a difference. Some people want more out of life and some are happy with what they got. To each their own.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes I agree.. to each his own..
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan 07
first not all degree holders are lucky in terms of career,,likewise with those who are not been able to graduate...i think its hard work and perseverance which will make us successfull no matter of what level of education you attained in life..yeah paying that much is ok...i mean worth it..coz education(knowledge) is the only thing that cant be steal..do you agree with that?? yes im a college graduate working freelance, and im a bookkeeper....
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
yes, Education is a great thing.. and your right it is one thing that cannot be stolen from you.. but like you said it's hard work and perservearance that will get you where your going, regardless of your level of education.
• Singapore
14 Jan 07
One can't deny the fact the education is the foundation to a good future. Although your husband does not have a college degree and is a store manager have you ever thought what his salary would be like if he owns a college degree? My dear, education is important! You are lucky that your husband supports you financially but life could be better. I owe a Master degree and my salary can be considered as top range among my peers within my company who do not owe a college degree.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
well, some people may look at it that way sure, I however do not. Money does not equate with wealth. My husband's job meets our needs, so we can live fufilled lives. Many people work too many hours and don't get enough time at home, and honestly, his current job is not where his heart is at, it's in the Ministry, so, for us it was a smart move to not pursue any higher degree, we've already attended school to become ministers.. I think many people are misunderstanding what Im saying. I am only saying that a degree does not guarantee you a high paying job, and for many people all it guarantees is alot of bills.
@iamnumbed (166)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
I strongly believe that education will see you through the day especially if you are not from an economic stable country. I did not finish college and right now i work in one of the call centers in the philippines catering to american and canadian customers. the pay is good but because of the time difference, i have to work at nights and even holidays. i somteimes feel like i am sacrificing a lot. i make more than those who graduated college, practicing their profession and is just starting out (here in the philippines) but i guess they have more edge on being more successful (that of course still depends on the person). I recently got promoted and every thing's good but i still want to continue and finish college. I'm gonna enroll next semester and see how it will turn out for me.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
14 Jan 07
well good luck to you in your pursuit of education! (;