How Important is a College Education?

A college education is the ultimate goal for the majority of high school students across the world. After all, the countless hours and energy put into studying for big tests like the ACT, SAT, as well as AP Exams are primarily for hopes of college admission. Students are overly concerned with their GPA and their extracurricular activities to present to universities. The whole structure behind high school, and even middle and elementary school are to prepare students to fit the mold of a good college applicant. The pathway that high school students take creates the structure for them to succeed in the real world and earn a degree from a university. It is becoming less and less common that all of the hard work and stress from high school would be enough for people, and that’s where they would leave their education at. It’s possible, of course, but people are usually working so hard in high school in order to succeed in college. Otherwise, why would their grades even matter? As college has become more and more promising in the lives of students around the world, an education and a degree is increasingly important for the world outside of school. It has become a larger requirement in many different job opportunities, and an increasingly important ingredient for success. Going to the same school as somebody higher up in a company or a job can be a way to network one’s way into a new job, company, or realm of work. People tend to use alumni and pride for their school as a way to put somebody under their wing. Additionally, when looking at people for a specific job, the individual with the most experience and best qualifications would be more likely to be hired. That decision is because the more qualified and educated person would be more likely to succeed and thrive in that specific environment. The whole point of having a major in college is to learn more about the specific field you are interested in, and gain work experience to prepare yourself for entrance into “the real world”. So, wouldn’t you pick somebody who devoted 4 years of their life, or more, to educating themselves specifically on their future career? I sure would! According to the NCES, the National Center for Education Statistics, the employment rates go directly hand in hand with the amount of education an individual receives. This research was obtained looking at people from the ages of 25 to 34, the prime time to be searching for employment opportunities. The research, for instance, proves that people who graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree had an 87% employment rate, and people with some college education still had 80%, while a person who only completed high school was at 74%. Taking it a step further, people who did not complete high school at all were all the way down at a 57% employment rate. These statistics are uniform no matter the variation of sex, or other factors. It is clear that employers like to see as much education as possible. Why wouldn’t they? Finding people who not only educate themselves on their field of interest, but show a long history of maintaining a place in the classroom, is impressive. Staying in school for that large portion of your life can demonstrate dedication, determination, and perseverance. Not all of school is easy. Quite frankly, none of it is, but the future that could potentially lie ahead is the sole reason behind all of the work.