More education is required nowdays?

United States
March 28, 2011 4:40pm CST
When I was going to school and starting my family, if you had an associates degree, you were going to do quite well for yourself. Now as my kids are in high school and we are discussing colleges, if they don't go really far, masters or doctorates, in college they may not get far in their career. I tell my kids, work hard and smart now and later you maybe you won't have to work so hard. I'm afraid I will have to work until I'm 92. I have an associates and work 40 hours or more, outside my home and we live paycheck to paycheck. Surely, I am not the only one in this boat
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
29 Mar 11
The Masters or PHD may be required in many careers but there are some very good jobs with a 2 years technical school degree. It is not how much education you have but what you have for education. I have a friend who has a 2 yr degree in Ultra Sound Tech and is making over $40,000 starting. Many employers will hire you and if they need it will send you on for more education at their expense. Check out the job market before your children decide on a career and college major. For example a PHD in Philosophy is not worth as much as a 2 year Degree in Engineering Technology from a Technical College. The other thing to look at is can you get a 2 yr. degree from a technical school (cost about $6500 for 2y years) and transfer into a University Program ($10,000 to $25,000 a year) and only pay for 2 yr. at the University but getting the same degree plus have some practical knowledge to go with it.
• United States
13 Apr 11
Thanks for the info. Does most 2 Year technical college credit transfer to universities? It was my understanding that some universities do not accept the credits from technical colleges. For example, my daughter wants to be a pharmacist and we checked into a technical college here and the credits do not transfer to the major college in the area. Any opinions?
@jaiho2009 (38988)
• Philippines
28 Mar 11
That depends on how we look at degree or education. In call centers mosts of people who works in there are of different education/degree. I can see nurses,engineers working in such stressful job. It's fine because compared to what nurses and engineers are being paid (salary) call centers offers a double to triple salary than the actual job those careers of nurses or engineers can give. Also if we are going to search with working in other countries,skilled workers are in demand more than of those professionals or degree courses. I do agree that we need to have a higher degree of education,but sometimes being successful in a chosen career matters most. Doctors work as caregivers in other countries due to salary differences. Just my opinion. Have a good day
@ynahh1 (454)
12 Apr 11
Have you heard this saying "Education Is the Key to Success".The message was true,now adays, people find it hard to look for a job.Given this situation,two applicants were applying for a job position (ESL Teacher)the first one was a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education while the other one was an undergaduate of the same course,if you are the interviewer who would you choose?Iniatially the first one is your first option with regards to the capability of each applicant.Lets face the reality that the higher educational attainment the more chances to be employed.In this changing world we need to become competitive to cope up and go with the flow.
@aerous (13457)
• Philippines
2 Apr 11
It is good reaching the high level of education. This will help us to be executives and having a salary better than regular employee... If you have money. You can study taking the degree that you want...
@megamatt (14318)
• United States
30 Mar 11
Yeah that does seem to be the nature of the game these days and it is not really going to get much easier any time soon. Or much cheaper. One person joked to me that in about ten years, someone is going to have start saving up for their children about ten years before they(the parents), are even born and really, that does not seem to be too far fetched all things consider. If you have multiple children, that's going to put a lot of dents in your bank account. I am blessed with the fact that I was an only child, but I can just imagine that putting multiple children through college, that would thrash a bank account beyond all belief. I'm sure many parents are stressing over that fact. Even with just me, I'm sure my parents were sweating just a little bit. It is a steep process now more than ever to get a good education.
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
29 Mar 11
No you aren't in that boat alone. By now it has grown to a cruise ship! I was watching some financial analyst on (I think) it was the Today show say most folks won't be able to retire even in their 80's. It's sad. My best friend has a masters degree, and she won't be retiring either. So even a perfect education isn't a guarantee! *sigh* wears me out just thinking about it.
@palonghorn (5483)
• United States
29 Mar 11
Nope I think that boat is pretty full. When I graduated high school, having a high school diploma could get you pretty far, then you needed an associate's degree to achieve any career goals, now as you said, without at least a bachelor's degree you won't get very far. However, as I have been saying all along, the economy and everything tied to it is going to get worse before it gets better.
@SinRealm (558)
• Philippines
29 Mar 11
Indeed more education is required nowadays, the most ridiculous thing I've seen for a job requirement is a college degree for a janitor (one of the lowest paying jobs in our country). Although, with all these things that seeks requirements. I think it is better if schools focus on what careers their students would pursue. Let us say, the student wants to learn acting, why bother teaching that student math and science. A computer programming friend of mine flunked his course because of Physical Education Class. What does that have to do with the course he was taking, his programming skills are great but failure because of PE. Basically, both jobs and school are making things more complicated for us all. Someone better fix that.
@keshia2007r (2884)
• United States
29 Mar 11
My mother and I were just taking about this. She was trying to open an adult day care center but one of the requirements was that you need a doctorates degree to do so. But back when she was growing up, you didnt need a doctorates degree. Just as similiar as my teacher was telling her students that CNA (certificated nursing assistance) was an on the job traning program. But now you need a certificate degree to do this. So a lot has changed over the years, and maybe for the best.
@sender621 (14932)
• United States
29 Mar 11
It does seem like we need more nd more education to get what we want to achieve in life. It never seems to be enough.Lives are spent on schooling and furthering education.Is there ever and to what we will need to be successful?
• United States
29 Mar 11
yes today and the future are going to be worse on that day by day for education for employers. just watch to get into Mcdonalds they are going to want college. LOL not really but thats what it seems like
@chuyins123 (2115)
• Philippines
29 Mar 11
That's what my mom used to think. My family thought that if I get my degree in quite a decent university in the city, you'll land a pretty great job or do good in your pursuit of a career. But seems like it's not the case. Nowadays, you really have to have some Masters degree or further education just to get to higher positions. I am already licensed but I still haven't gone far with my career because I don't have masters degree. Education is necessary and yeah it's costly. But as my teacher put it this way, "if you think EDUCATION is expensive, try IGNORANCE"... So, let's just accept that it's life. And we have to face it. This life is a survival of the fittest. :) Have a great life! God bless! :)
@katrinapaz (2437)
• Philippines
29 Mar 11
yes you are correct synrblog! in our company now, everyone is encouraged to have masteral or doctorate education. It assures the employer that quality service can be given by the employee because of the highest educational attainment. Another thing why they encourage that is because they entice people to have higher pay if they have more education.
@tenrajj (911)
• Bhutan
29 Mar 11
Yea it is really true now. Now a days the competition has increased and to get good job we must have high qualification. We need good knowledge and skills to get good job. It is not only qualification, we need good atitude towards life and work. You must ask your children to be committed to any work they do. Success comes to constant hard work and commitment.
@mohdromly (165)
• Malaysia
29 Mar 11
Some people tell me "do not only work hard ,but must work smart too" Nowdays ,everyone have education.But,the main point is it does not important how high your education, but how you can use it in your life to make your life is more better.Always learn in your life and always get new knowledge for you and practise it in your life
@Madmax73 (280)
• Romania
28 Mar 11
Wow this i did not knew. I'm at college now and i haven't thought to give a master or a doctorate, and by reading this i think i should think of it:| Thanks a lot!