In this day and time is college really necessary?

Students tend to get college degrees for a more satisfying life but is that really needed at this time.

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Students tend to get college degrees for a more satisfying life but is that really needed at this time.

Since kindergarten, this generation of students has grown up hearing how important college is for our lives and how we need it to succeed in life. This mindset has conditioned all of us to see the world and the wonders it holds. 

College is a crucial factor in our lives because it provides the education individuals need to fulfill the major that they would like to pursue. Many jobs require a college education because of the level of specialty of that job (doctor, engineer, lawyer, etc). College degrees do tend to better your opportunities in life with your education of being more skillfully inclined and knowledgeable about a wide range of things, which several people believe is true. 

Though some opinions might differ, going to college helps you with a variety of things, starting with your pay scale and extending even to happiness. According to a Southern New Hampshire University study, it claims that “workers with a bachelor’s degree earned a median of $524 more per week than workers with only a high school diploma– and an increase of more than $27,000 per year.” If you have a professional career that lasts 40 years, you could earn $1 million more than a worker without a post-secondary education.” A $27,000 raise for the average American is significant, given that the median wage in the United States is $67,690 ( Having an almost-guaranteed raise of $27,000 helps accommodate a lot of things that people with only a high school diploma can’t cover.

Although college is required for many fields, there are some fields in which a college degree is not necessary and a different type of education is recommended or no education post-high school at all. Most jobs that do not require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree tend to look at your skills more than your degrees.

 “That being said, you can certainly be successful without a college degree — your skills and talents can get you hired. Find out exactly what skills are needed for your career path and work hard to excel in them. You will have to be determined, self-disciplined, and goal-oriented. In the end, both education and marketable skills are key. It’s up to you how you want to get that education and skills — through an institution, or on your own in the real world.” ( 

 Getting into the specifics; most people who tend to not get a bachelor’s degree are maintenance workers such as Plumbers, electricians, etc. An average of 19% tend to go to college and 48% stop their education after high school but most of the majority tend to go to Trade School to learn the skill set required for these jobs. 

The college works in both ways for people. For some, it’s a requirement and a step closer to what they want to achieve, and for some, it’s a hit or miss depending on the career they would want to pursue. I do believe college is a vital part of your life because of the advantages it comes with. College has always proven to be more helpful in our lives starting from happiness to income generated. Though there are many options other than college to shape your life, personally my opinion would be going to college has always proven to be better in the long run regarding everything.