Someone once said a high school diploma was sufficient to land one a decent job and a bachelor’s degree opened up the way for a comfortable life in the middle class world. A change has occurred, however: high school diplomas are hardly worth more than a mere passageway to a college or university. Concerning a bachelor’s degree, they say that it now holds about the same value that a high school diploma once held, which is due to the high number of people holding four-year degrees. Thus, an important question should arise in the thinking person’s mind, which is not, what is the point of attending college, but, what is the lot of those who choose not to go at all?
There is no question about it that there are a number people with degrees who have a hard time finding employment while there are some who do not have degrees and yet have good-paying jobs. This fact, however, should not blind one to the serious issue at hand. A closer look at the situation, one shall find that among those who are working relatively good jobs without degrees, most are from a past generation when degrees were not necessary for their profession, and closer look at the new-hires, one shall find that most hold college degrees. People without degrees, therefore, find themselves competing in a losing battle against college graduates
The previous generation has this advantage over its more educated predecessor: it has experience on its side. However, take the degree-less individual into another field of employment where their experience is nullified and have them compete against the degree-holder and they generally won’t make it. However, this is comparing an experienced generation with an educated, but inexperienced, generation. However, there are those who sadly possess neither experience nor a high school diploma, much less a college education.
Employers are business people; it is understood, therefore, that they should seek the most qualified person for a job-opening. It is entirely possible that someone without a degree is harder-working and potentially more faithful employees than someone holding a degree, but yet, employers cannot read minds. Like scientists, they must consider concrete evidence when making their decision. Among other factors taken into consideration, factors such as work-history and criminal background, an education is immensely important. A degree tells the employer that the educated candidate is dedicated. Taking into consideration the many students who attend colleges and universities yet drop out, someone who actually makes it all the way demonstrates intelligence, vision, or simply resilience. Any of these qualities, employers believe, shall be an asset to their companies. Many people without degrees possess these qualities, too, but employers need some sort of assurance and ground on which to stand when examining someone for a position: a degree is one of the best assurances they have.
Certainly choosing the proper discipline for the career one wishes to pursue is very important. A person desiring to become an accountant should not pursue a science degree and one desiring to be a scientist should not major in History. A prospective student, therefore, must be prudent when deciding on an area of study. All the same, suppose someone decides on a discipline, and then finds that they are unhappy in their field. The simple fact that they have a degree makes it easier for them to find employment in a non-technical field than someone without one. And yet, if it is difficult for the person holding a degree to find employment, how much more challenging must it be for those with neither high school nor college degree to compete in this modern world.
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