Back in the day, having a college degree almost insured the graduate a good paying job and secure future….
those days are gone, baby. Gone.
As the poverty rate in this country rises to the highest levels since 1965, one must question how this could be, given that we live in the wealthiest and most educated country in the world.
Lack of education is what many people site as one cause of poverty. That’s somewhat true but not completely. There’s more to the picture of how productive someone’s life and career will turn out to be than having a college diploma.
Vision determines Future!
Today’s Bachelor degree, among certain career fields, doesn’t mean much at all. Our daughter, Hailey, graduated last year with her under-graduate degree in Linguistics, but will need to earn her Master’s Degree to accomplish what she wants in her field of study. The three of us gave a great deal of thought about a Linguistics degree for her in the long-term.
However, for many, college cannot deliver the secure future that it once did. Globalization of the workforce over the last 2 decades has been a complete game changer. Our daughter’s career field will be enhanced by globalization and will allow her to work on-line, if she chooses, and just about anywhere in the world. She is taking advantage of and working along side the changes in the workforce, and it will pay off for her.
College tuition can be a complete waste of money.
Without vision, clear cut goals and intense research as to how a degree might be used to propel you to success in your field, you might find that the time spent in class just won’t pay off. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are excellent examples of college drop-outs who made a decent living for themselves without college degrees.
Of the college graduates of 2009, only 55.6% are currently working, 22% are working at a job that doesn’t require a degree and 22.4% are not working at all. This compares to another comparable statistic from 2006-2007 that had a rate of 90% of the students working the spring after graduation. The game is changing and we need to prepare our selves and our children for a different kind of work force. (Source)
Not only are there limited job opportunities for college graduates, many are leaving school with their degree in one hand and a student loan that’s due in the other hand.
How much sense does it make to acquire debt, to get an education that you may or may not be able to find work with?
Is it time to re-evaluate the goal of “getting a job”??? Perhaps the real goal and vision should be to “get a life”. But what does that look like? Sustainable living just might have something to offer.
Could you benefit from a Paradigm Shift??
Next time: ”The People Who Live the Life They Love”