If you’re asking Google the question “Is college worth it?” I’m willing to bet you already have an idea what the answer is. Let’s think about this together over just one stat about college.
- The average class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt.
- For that amount of money, you could buy a 2016 V-8 Camaro SS in cash. Yeah, this car:
And that’s not including the book money, the gas money, the food money, the dorm money, and the tuition. Just to name a few. Money, Money MONEY. For all that, you could buy TWO of those cars. Oh, and you’re not guaranteed a job after college. Because of something that goes like this:
So really, for people age 18-26 (like me, and probably like you), a college degree has turned into one line of a resume you get to include after 4 grueling years and several thousand dollars. So let’s ask your question again: Is college worth it?
Ok, let’s pretend for a moment that college isn’t worth it. What would we need to take its place? What do you need to take its place? We need some kind of alternate education. Let’s call it AltEd for short.
I’ve been graduated from college just over a year, and after job searching for four months (I finally landed something), here’s what I’ve come up with.
- That giant company you want to work at doesn’t know you. You need a referral, and college is just that. It’s a very, VERY expensive referral. Your AltEd needs to have a relationship with employers you would want to work for.
- Employers need to know you’re invested in your life. The time and money of a degree show that immediately. Your AltEd needs to prove you’re invested.
- You probably learned a lot in high school. But did you learn how to do your taxes, get insurance, maintain a credit card, and professionally network? Even colleges don’t do this. Employers want someone who is practically skilled. Your AltEd needs to teach you things employers are looking for.
So, you tell me. Is college worth it? It gives you an expensive, crappy referral. It makes you invest in the wrong way. And it doesn’t teach you practical life skills.
Take your first step towards your AltEd today. Right now. Your future isn’t waiting. You shouldn’t either. I believe this so much that I’m helping you with your first step. I’ve put together a quick how-to on networking so you can get started asap. You’ll learn how to:
- Get in-person interviews with the people you want to work for
- Remember everyone you meet with, and make sure they remember you
- Write an email subject line that guarantees your message gets read
- Send your email at the correct time to ensure a response
- Maintain your network so they do the hard job-hunting work for you.
I’ll see you on the other side!