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I'm Asking: Do You See the Value in Your College Education?

I'm Asking: Do You See the Value in Your College Education?

Some jobless, graduate degree holding job seekers are having a hard time hiding their bitterness these days. They're stuck with a heavy load of student loans and no income to pay the bills — some grads are having trouble seeing the value in their higher education, and one unemployed woman has gone so far as to sue her alma mater with the claim that her alma mater has failed to deliver on its promises.

Do you see the value in your college education?

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chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
I know logically that my degree is really worth something, but when you've worked your ass off for four years to get a great GPA and you're working as a waitress, it can be hard to feel like the college degree is worth anything. :( But, at least I have a job - I know that in the most recent hiring process at my work, they only hired people with degrees, so at least it helped me out there!
brielleblonde brielleblonde 7 years
yepp. My degree cost nothing because my mom doesn't make any money and because of scholarships from test scores. And I'm making $80,000 starting out as a chemical engineer at an oil company. I had the option of going to a private university with only partial scholarship, I would still have to pay $20,000 a year (compared to $55,000), but I chose to go to a VERY good public school for engineering in Virginia, which was NOT UVA :)
Advah Advah 7 years
Sorry Syako, I didn't get that part of your question. I'm not sure about the other countries, but as far as I'm aware in France uni is free for anyone who wants to register, not just French citizens. Things are different if you decide to go to private engineer or business schools, but in those cases the price is (I think) the same for both citizens and non-citizens.
syako syako 7 years
Oh believe me, anon, I am!
syako syako 7 years
Yes, but I'm assuming that free education is for citizens not random gals from the U.S. who want to live it up in Spain for four years free. ;) My home state, Louisiana, paid for all four years of my undergrad education because of my high school GPA and my test scores. So I went to college free too. And then in my master's I got a research assistantship so they paid me a salary to get my Master's. Point being, it's not just Europe.
Advah Advah 7 years
Syako - France, Spain, Italy, Germany (I think) and plenty of other European countries have free undergrad and postgrad degrees. To answer the question: not until recently, but a few months ago I started an internship/doing some work for a literary agency in my evening/weekends. The first time I went there, the agent I work with simply told me that although he didn't originally agree with this, they tend to get people who got good degrees from good universities because they need to know the person will be able to read very fast, accurately and recognise good from bad manuscripts (his words, not mine). That made me feel so much better about spending £4k on masters that'd until then had only led me to useless admin jobs. I'm also now doing some work for a cultural magazine, and while the people there don't care about my degree I can see I'd NEVER been able to do that if I hadn't done my masters. It improved my English to a level I couldn't think possible, taught me how to read, write and approach arts (not to mention working harder than I thought I ever could!). Plus most of my best friends are people I met then. :)
luna08 luna08 7 years
Yes! Absolutely. I am completing my degree while working in my field and I can see the difference between the quality of work I was doing a few years ago and what I'm doing now. My education took honed my natural talent in my field. Not only that, but there are so many jobs where they won't even look at your resume' if you don't have a degree.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I see the value in both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. The company I was working at in grad school required a masters for a promotion, got my masters and a promotion. Many jobs in my field require a masters.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Right now, not really. I paid good money to get a BS in a pretty decent field and yet, because of the area where I work, there are barely any jobs that I can get that would fully utilize my degree. I'm underemployed (just like just about every other person in Oshkosh that didn't major in engineering or nursing) and unless I go back to school, that's probably not going to change much. I don't regret college, though...I think my education has a lot of other benefits besides just getting me a good job. I took lots of interesting and challenging classes that really helped build me as a person.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
Oh definitely! I was a CS major. I already made back what my parents spent on my school. I couldn't have gotten the job I did without my degree. Sooooo glad I didn't go for my MS. I would be graduating right now X(
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
sorry ... where their interests lie! Oops! :)
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
My degree definitely opened doors and I was hired because they knew I was university educated but in reality ... it wasn't that important or relevant to what I am doing. I don't intend to steer my child(ren) towards university per se. Trade education or college may be more up their alley depending on what their interests lie.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Well, sometimes I do and do not. My option for my career was to go to school. That was it. For people like my BF, they make tons and tons of money without a college degree. I make a lot less, and I have mine. Even with an advanced degree, it would be less money than he makes. Even as a principal, which is my ultimate career goal, I would make less money. It's a sucky situation. I do love my job, and I did enjoy the college experience (the learning, since ya know, with a real job, and a real life and bills and rent, partying was not happening) and I wouldn't trade it. I do wish that a degree earned me more money, but it's okay.
syako syako 7 years
gotten for free in Europe?? Where?
syako syako 7 years
Of course I do. And that litigious woman needs to get a reality check! I also see the value in both degrees. My undergrad is where I learned the skills and my graduate degree is where I learned the theory and research. I definitely think it's made me a more well-rounded employee and I feel like I have job opportunities that someone without a my education might not have.
julieulie julieulie 7 years
Even if I could accomplish my career goals without an undergraduate degree (I can't; I need a Ph.D.), just the life skills and friendships I made in college would be worth the cost. And I say that having graduated from the most expensive college in the country. A college degree does not guarantee you a job; but chances are, you'll be far better off with one than without.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes. I also appreciate the personal development that came with getting my degree.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
Yes! My college education was the only way to get the job that I got out of college. And the field the degree was in, as well as the school name, probably helped to get me the nice salary that went with it. Although I'm in a different field now, I wouldn't have gotten here without my degree.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Yes, but only because I needed a bachelors to get into law school... I see A LOT more value in my law degree!!
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