Will college get me a good job?

The value of  a university   degree  is not what it  was in the past  .  When we speak about  the “value”  of  a diploma , we are  speaking  about the  earnings you will receive on your investment . Certain  degrees  of study can  get students in to  high paying jobs, but  some others  can  give  students with little chance of employment that will  be worth  the cost of the degree they have earned .   Studies  in  Engineering/Science  ,  Information Technology  , and other in demand degrees can earn  students  an excellent  anual salary  and possibilities for  future advancement  .  But there are  some   studies  that  can  leave you either  with out a job  or  get you into a job  with a salary that is  much  lower than will make a degree worth the expense .

In today’s high school education environment , being accepted to  a university  is the ultimate  ending  . There are even television  ads   that show  the excitement of  future college students  being “accepted” to college.  Unfortunately, colleges are accepting students that are not  able to handle the  the rigor of a college education.  Universities are making a fortune  remedial  classes  for  new  freshmen that are not ready for  university  level  courses  .  It used to be that if someone had been out of school for a while and working in the job force for many years, those remedial courses would be offered to help refresh his or her skills so that he or she could  goto  the  college   environment  .  Now,  freshmen  right out of high school need remedial  classes  .  These “remedial” courses cost the same per credit hour as regular college classes.  They are often taught by  a teacher’s assistant  or graduate students  instead of  normal  university faculty.  Also, these  classes  usually do not count towards a college degree.  The courses  will  increase the overall cost of the degree and therefore reduce the “value” of the degree earned.  Here is an example.  Let’s say I go to a  university  with a cost of  $450 per  university  credit.  Most college classes will earn you three credits.  Now  say  I need  this list of  remedial courses :  Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Intro to Writing. The first semester I will  need to take  Beginning Algebra and Intro to Writing.  So I have  scheduled  6 credits of remedial courses and now I need 3 more class (15 credits total) to  finish  my schedule.  I look at the  courses  I need for my first freshmen semester .  I notice that there are only 2  additional  classes I can  enroll in  because the other  courses  have a “concurrent” course requirement.  A concurrent course requirement means that I have to either be enrolled in the class or have already taken  it before.  I  am not allowed to  enroll in English 101 because I have to pass the  remedial English  class  first.  So,  I  can only take 6 more credits for a total of 12 credit hours.  I am now 9 credits behind (six for the remedial courses and three because of the concurrent requirement).  This means that I will have to go to school for  an extra semester to recover those missing credits.   It  is not only tuition I have to pay for in the extra semester .  I also have  to pay student fees, technology usage fees, parking fees, and  other types of fees depending on the  university    .  These fees can  run  thousands of dollars, depending on the college .   Now add to this the $4,500 in tuition I  still have  to pay for the recovery of missed credits.   I finally  graduate from college and I may or may not  be hired  .  Unfortunately my student loans start coming due the day I graduate. 

So, what should this mean for  freshmen  ready to enter college, post-secondary education, or the job  market  ?  Do your research.  Make sure that you are not wasting your time and money  earning  a degree that will not help you get into a carreer that will  make  the amount of income  you expect to  earn  .  I am not saying that you shouldn’t go to college to get a degree that is not in high demand or does not pay well (compared to other degrees).   Just  make sure you understand  what you are getting into .  After graduating, if you will have a starting salary of $32,000 per year, you  may not  want to go to a college that costs $40,000 per year.  Your student loan payments  can  be as much as a home mortgage (4 x $40,000 = $160,000).  If you really want  to  take  remedial classes so you can attend regular college  courses  , use a less expensive resource like community colleges or tutoring.  Once these courses are completed, you can move on to the university .  You probably saved your self $4000 to $5000.  

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