The Most Expensive Degree
Do you know what the most expensive degree you can get is? I’ll give you a hint, it isn’t medicine. No, it isn’t law either. Fine, I’ll give you another hint; it’s one of the most common degrees in America; in fact, 48% of all college graduates have this type of degree.
Okay here it is. The most expensive degree is…
…the degree you don’t use.
That’s right; the degree you don’t use is the just about the most expensive degree you can get. I recently read an article on Forbes that stated that 48% of bachelor level college grads in the U.S. are working in jobs that don’t even require a four year degree. That’s almost half of all college graduates that went to college and got a degree only to ignore it completely.
It makes sense though.
At 18, high school students are being ushered into the higher education system with very unclear plans for their future. Honestly, how much time do you think most students get to spend with their guidance counselor?
How much did you spend with one?
Have a Plan
A lot of young adults are getting ready to head off to college without knowing what they want to do. They are going because it’s the path of least resistance or maybe they are going because they’ve been told it’s the key to success. They are kind of right. A degree is important, but it’s not the key to success it’s a key to success, and it’s only a key to success if it aligns with your passions and your talents and if you have thought of a feasible way to make money using the degree after you get it.
You don’t want to be one of the 48% of graduates who spent 4 years and a boat load of money on a degree you aren’t going to use. Have a plan in place. Identify your passions and talents. Choose a degree that is necessary to get you to where you want to be. Spend some time thinking about what you want to be doing with your life before you start filling out college apps.
There’s no such thing as too early to start planning for your future.