After High School: College or Work how to decide.

College is very important to getting ahead in life.

Everyone tells you that.

Statistics show that the average income of college grads is much higher than those who stop at High School.

Median annual earnings of full-time, full-year wage and salary workers ages 25–34, by educational attainment and sex: Selected years, 1980–2009[In constant 2009 dollars]
Year All education levels High school diploma or equivalent Bachelor’s degree
Male
1980 $45,000 $44,000
1985 43,900 39,900
1990 41,000 36,100
1995 38,000 33,800 49,300
2000 41,100 36,100 56,100
2005 38,400 33,000 49,400
2009 40,000 32,900 51,000
Female
1980 $31,200 $28,600
1985 31,900 27,900
1990 32,000 26,300
1995 31,000 24,800 39,400
2000 33,600 26,200 43,600
2005 33,000 26,400 41,700
2009 35,000 25,000 40,100

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). The Condition of Education 2011 (NCES 2011–033),

Although an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal disputes some of the facts: What’s a Degree Really Worth?

But are you ready? Is it time to just get to work and start your life?

These are tough calls and you really need to look at this decision from many angles.

If your not sure of what you want to study than I recommend you take your time before making a huge commitment to a college that costs a fortune and you are not ready for.

Consider your options,

Community College

Part time Student – Part time work

Taking a semester off to travel.

Trade schools

Apprenticeships

Here are more suggestions and an excellent article from Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.

I also found Steve Jobs story an important lesson in how important experiencing life and being true to yourself can be. If you have not seen it don’t miss Steve Jobs’ Stamford commencement address: Text here

So talk to you parents, think long and hard.

Maybe when the economy turns around your prospects for getting a good job will be better,

Keep yourself involved in educational opportunities and when the right thing hits you pursue your dreams.

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