Finishing College and Your Degree

Back in your parents’ days, you didn’t have to get a college degree to make it in the world. Anybody anywhere could just up and leave school with their whole lives and futures ahead of them. Unfortunately those days are no more. College degrees are becoming more and more important in today's world. The working world has placed a higher emphasis on finishing college and getting your degree. 

If you just graduate from high school and try to relive your parents’ lives, you’ll probably just end up working in manual labor or something equally unskilled. Sure there are exceptions to the rule but unfortunately there really isn’t that much money or prestige in unskilled labor, so going to college has become a necessity in today’s world.

Really any kind of degree that you receive will be perceived as a plus to employers. Obviously the higher you go, the more specialized you will become and more likely you will be to be able to get whatever job you desire whether it’s a lawyer, doctor, librarian or accountant. All of them have certain degree requirements. You can’t just decide to become a lawyer one day. You need to go to college for a decent amount of time to be able to get high paying jobs. It’s really for nothing except your benefit to get your degree. You're not going to help anybody out except in the short run by dropping out or just not attending, so just go to college. You very simply, to put it in plain terms, will not regret it. 

In this economy it’s becoming especially important to get your degree. Jobs are becoming harder and harder to come by and you don’t want to be left out in the cold simply because you weren’t particularly good or trained in any certain area. The unskilled people will always be the first to go simply because they can easily be replaced while if you have a degree, you hold a certain level of specialization that usually cannot easily be replaced. And the best part is that even if you are replaced, you can more easily find a job because of said specialization than someone competing against the unskilled masses. Items like health insurance and dental plans are much more easily attainable when you having more highly paying and prestigious jobs, so do yourself a favor and get specialized any way you can. 

So the point is stay in school and make sure that you’ll be able to get your degree. No matter how high up the ladder it is, any kind of degree will better your chances of a fulfilling professional life. 

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