It’s a hot debate in our world today: should I go to college? On one side of the argument, people will tell you that a college degree is necessary to thrive in the world today. On the other side, people will tell you that it’s increasingly important to strive for your own education through entrepreneurship and other facets of life.
Whichever side you take, the following article will try to present the pros and cons of going to college in an unbiased approach.
♦ Pro: College expands your opportunities
It’s true that earning a college degree can expand your options for your career path. A degree will help you land jobs in extensive fields and can directly result in higher earnings.
♦ Con: College is very expensive (and still climbing)
The cost of going to college has increasingly risen over the decades to the point that many students find it almost impossible to enter. Likewise, the cost of starting college could go directly to starting your own business which could have larger opportunities in the long run.
♦ Pro: College has many opportunities that are otherwise unobtainable
College gives students many opportunities to expand beyond just the classroom; even after a degree, work environment can help develop the mindset that makes a person very efficient in a larger workforce. Direct relations with teachers can also provide a wealth of knowledge that would otherwise be unobtainable.
♦ Con: College classes are often lacking from funding and scope
On the flip side, college classes are often lagging in information as compared to the web. Where as a book may have been published a year earlier, real world information can be found on the web (for free) that can be directly taken into an existing work environment.
♦ Pro: College presents powerful networking opportunities
Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of going to college is the ability to build powerful networks. Those classmates you attend class with now could be future leaders in the world of business; befriending and networking at an early age can open opportunities at a later time.
♦ Con: Competition is fierce; it’s often better to start now
On the con side, class sizes are increasingly being filled with your competition in the future. If you were to start now, you’d have many years to leg-up those that are still in college.
♦ Make your own choice
In the end, it’s up to you whether college is right for your goals in life. If you find that college pros outweigh the cons than it’s a given that you’re ready to go but if the opposite is true, you’ll need to begin working now so you don’t waste the time.