Do You Really Need a Four-Year Degree?

Do You Really Need a Four-Year Degree?
From Recruiter - February 14, 2017

In 2013, the pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high: Americans with four-year degrees made 98 percent more per hour on average than people without a degree did.

But college degrees still arent the norm:only 46 percent of people ages 25-29 had completed an associates degree or higher as of 2015. Plus, it seems like everywhere you look, someone has a side hustle or is dabbling in entrepreneurship, which brings up the question: Do you really need a four-year degree?

There is no perfect one-size-fits-all answer.However, it is important to look at the benefits of obtaining a four-year degree. When youre debating whether a degree is right for you, ask yourself three questions:

What Do You Want to Do?

This question is harder to answer than it looks, butit is the basis of determiningwhether or not you need a four-year degree. Figuring out what you want to do will help you understand the kind of education your chosen path requires.

For instance, if you want to go into a creative field like art or music, you might be able toforgo the four-year degree in favor of a program that truly enhances your abilities through a nontraditional route. On the other hand, if you want to go into a STEM field, you most definitely need a four-year degree.

Do You Want to Create Something for Yourself or Work forSomeone Else?

Figuring out whether you want to create your own company or work for an established organization can help determine the amount of schooling youll need. While a four-year degree can bebeneficial in both instances, it will most certainly allow you to obtain higher wages if youre working for someone else. If youre working for yourself, you can probably get by without a four-year degree.

If you are trying to breakinto the corporate worldor at least start out therea four-year degree will give you the foundation you need to obtain the kind of job(s) and salaryyou desire.


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