I started college in 2004 with jsg. We had both freshly finished high school with decent marks, enough to get into a long, long list of community colleges. We even qualified for some full-fledged universities. I am not sure of his perspective on this, but I had always learned that you grew up, went to college, and emerged with a good paying job and ample advancement opportunities. Turns out that is totally bullshit. So PLEASE don’t go college.
I mean, you can go if you have a specific goal that will get a specific career/job. If you go to school to be a doctor, nurse, engineer, etc., go for it. If not, you are probably wasting a TON of time and money. I got a degree in economics. Most people, when they ask what degree I have, the conversation goes like this:
“What did you study in college?”
“WOW, you must be really smart.”
Well, no, that’s not what having a degree in econ means. It means I went to college with NO idea of what I wanted to do in life, I was 17 at the time, and I had never really worked a day in my life outside of menial retail-type jobs. I
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was planning to get a business degree when I first started school because it seemed so general. The thought was that this would result in a broad spectrum of job opportunities. In reality, a business degree had a bunch of dumb hoops to jump through that seemed like a waste of time, and econ didn’t. So no I’m not smart, I was indecisive when I was 17. Like most 17/18 year olds.
In the end, while econ appeals to the way I naturally think, I doubt I will ever do a job that requires an econ degree. I’ve been doing mostly sales since I received my degree, because sales also appeals to my personality and it’s easy to get sales jobs. In essence, I could have pursued any degree and been in the exact same spot. I also could have likely gotten any job I’ve had without a degree. Yet I am still in debt. The real takeaway here is college was a fun time to learn more about myself and try new things. Was that worth the thousands of dollars in debt I incurred? No.
What I wish I had done was get a degree in something that would at least have a way to automatically make a good living if need be. The jobs mentioned in the intro are good examples. You could get an engineering degree, and decide to do sales, or whatever non-engineering job, but if shit hit the fan, you could always make $50k plus engineering.
The bottom line here is YOU are going to make things happen for yourself, not a degree. If you are an idiot with a degree, interviewers will know you’re an idiot. You will simply be an idiot with a lot of debt and a worthless piece of paper. If you don’t have a degree but you have ability in some capacity and can communicate that to others, you will find a place in this world. So PLEASE don’t go to college (unless you REALLY know what you are doing).