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Old 02-01-2013, 07:46 PM   #61
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In a lot of cases, employers don't care very much what specific knowledge a student gained in getting their BA/BS. They just use a degree as a cheap screening mechanism (it costs them nothing, especially with a glut of graduates). When they hire someone with a degree they figure there's a good chance they'll get:
1) Someone who will stick with a task for 4 years, is responsible enough to complete assignments, study for tests, attend class.
2) Someone with at least moderate reading and writing skills.

These are things that, 30 years ago, were virtually guaranteed by a HS diploma. That's no longer true, so employers are looking at 4 year degrees as the new HS diploma.

The way I see it in today's world:

A HS diploma, with skills in a trade, gets you a decent career.

A college degree, with a professional certification, gets you a decent career.

A HS diploma or college degree, with no particular skills or certification, gets you very little in terms of gainful employment.

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:31 PM   #62
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Megacorp payed all but $1500 for my Master of Science degree. Total cost was about 25K. Come to think of it, I received tax credit for the $1500.

For me, in my late 50's, this degree is a differentiator. I was already a writer, and this experience forced me to hone writing and research skills. I have more confidence as a result of the experience.

During the period I was in school, I was working four 10-hour days. Each week I set aside as much time on my 3-day weekend as possible for reading, assignments, and project work.

This wasn't a tier 1 school, and all work was accomplished online, with live lectures and so on.

I'm sure there are students who will see no return on their education, and will struggle to pay off debt. However, my own children will be successful in their careers due to advanced education. Both have manageable student debt, with one having just paid off the loans in half-time. One has advanced certification in networking, and the rewards are quite impressive.

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