The Worth of an Education By Reid sinclair

How important is your education to you? I believe education is one of the most valuable attributes available to us, it is a luxury. I value education so highly because it allows us to be independent. Every level of education acts as a modern building block of life. Our future opportunities are heavily based upon our educations. That’s just a few reasons why I find continuing one’s education to the colligate level and beyond so important. Everyone should continue their educations by attending college because an education is the most valuable attribute an individual can have.

Everyone loves money, right? Well, if you consider yourself a part of the “everyone” category then you should attend college because “On average, college graduates make more money when compared to non-college graduates.” (Odland, 2012) The average annual salary of a college graduate is much higher than one who didn’t go to college to earn a degree. This surplus of income received by the average college graduate that is not earned by an individual who did not graduate from college adds up big time. When I say, “big time” I really do mean it, proven by this exert taken from Steve Odland’s article titled, College Costs Out Of Control, “On average, a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree earned $30,000 more per year than a high school graduate, or about $500,000 more over a lifetime.” (2012) Think of all the things you could do with an extra $500,000; you could buy a beach house, travel the world with family, or retire early. Don’t miss out on these opportunities by making the poor decision of not continuing your education and attending college.

Another reason to continue your education and attend college is that many more jobs are requiring workers to have college degrees. As time goes on, the job market becomes more competitive making quality jobs much harder to find. Earning a college degree will pay off in the long run because it will make you a more attractive applicant in the eyes of employers when hunting for a position in the field of your choice. Georgetown University has recently conducted a study which shows that “by 2018 approximately 63% of jobs will require some college schooling.” (2017) This study proves my point to be valid, continuing your education to and beyond the collegiate level is the right choice to make because more jobs are requiring workers to have college degrees.

By earning a college degree, you are opening a new door of opportunity leading to a plethora of jobs you wouldn’t be able to land if you had not continued your education. Yes, I am talking about job variety. Based on studies done in the past “58% of college graduates and people with some college or associate's degrees reported being "very satisfied" with their jobs compared to 50% of high school graduates and 40% of people without a high school diploma.” (Baum, 2010) So you many want to ask yourself, “Do I want to be satisfied with my career and job choice?” If so, continuing your education is a must. With a college degree in the field of your choice, you will have job opportunities that you would have never had without a college degree.

Lastly, continuing your education and earning a college degree is the route to take becauase individuals with a college degree are much less prone to poverty. “The 2008 poverty rate for bachelor's degree holders was 4%, compared to a 12% poverty rate for high school graduates.” (Baum, 2010) As shown by the exert above, those who hold a college degree are less likely to fall victim to poverty. Another study done by the United States Census Bureau shows that “1% of college graduates participated in social support programs like Medicaid, National School Lunch Program, and food stamps compared to 8% of high school graduates in 2008.” (Baum, 2010) Based off the statistics listed, continuing your education and earning a college degree will lessen the chances of you slipping into poverty.

I hope to have opened your eyes and gained a new respect for education after reading my blog post. An education is the most valuable attribute one can have. Everyone should continue their educations to and beyond the colligate level because they will most likely earn more money over their life time, have better job opportunities and variety in the field of their choice, and will be less prone to poverty. So, how important is your education to you?

Works Cited

Sandy Baum, Jennifer Ma, and Kathleen Pays, "Education Pays 2010: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society," collegeboard.com, 2010

"Georgetown University Value." College Factual. N.p., 07 Mar. 2017. Web. 21 Mar. 2017.

Odland, Steve. "College Costs Out Of Control." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 15 May 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

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