Does college make a difference?

United States
April 11, 2007 4:49pm CST
For those people who did go to college, do you feel as if obtaining your university degree has helped you land a better job or have a better societal status in life? For those who did not attend university, do you wish you had and if you do why? If you are content with your life, please talk about what your occupation is and why you are happy. What exactly is the tangible value of a college degree? I ask, because even though people say that "you can't get a good job without a degree" there are athletes, entertainers, writers, and even certain "specialist" jobs(rare, but not impossible) that you can get without a degree. Even blue collar jobs don't pay awful salaries. What are your thoughts on this topic?
2 responses
@flipper0 (93)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Hi. I'm 53 now and my college was long ago... I went to freshman year at an out-of-state private college (first of 6 kids to attend college and first to leave home) then transferred to a university in that state for half of my sophomore year. Then, I quit and moved down to the Florida Keys to live in a tent and be a free spirit. My parents were amazing about all that. I've said for years that I spent my retirement at the front end and will never regret a day or decision about that. Well, since I had a child, every once in awhile I seriously wish I'd just gone on with school, just as an example for him. I got great grades without trying too hard and really enjoyed the atmosphere. I've been back a couple of times to continue my education throughout the years, and actually may be a class or two from a degree at this point. The lessons I learned and the people I met and the experiences I experienced by travelling and working many jobs, taught me so much more that I could ever have learned at school. I've worked and made really good money, and I've worked for myself for fun and struggled with the money. Things seem so different now, and I think most folks would really benefit from going all the way through college. However, I still believe you have to follow who you are even at that very young age, and hope maturity/reality guides you to the right choice for you.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
11 Apr 07
In my case, not always. My brother does not have a university degree, yet he always earns more money than I and all he had was 2 years IT course. I have an accounting degree in my country and diploma here in Canada, but it doesn't increase my earnings nor that I am able to work in that field at all. I worked in offices, lab and factory - anything I could earn money with. Then I started the business and do my own accounting, that's the only time when I found it useful. My dad was an engineer, graduated as one, worked as one and earned very well at it. I guess it depends on the person or the field of education you are taking.
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