“Why college education is important to me”
Continuing my education has been a goal of mine for some time, but I haven’t made the commitment until now. There are several reason why I chose to return to school after so long, the primary reason being advancement opportunities in my career. My other motivating factor is my daughter. I am looking forward to the knowledge I will gain and the ability to implement that knowledge into my everyday life.
In the past year, I have been searching for advancement opportunities with my current employer. I have found that the majority of available positions that I am interested in require a degree. Although not all open positions that I’ve applied for have required a degree, a significant number of the applicants had already obtained their degrees, and those were the ...view middle of the document...
It is a lot more difficult to return to school after years have passed, but it is still just as important.
My main hesitation for returning to school was always the cost of continued education. The fear of assessing the debt outweighed my need and desire to obtain my degree. After progressing in my current employment and researching the benefits of obtaining a degree, I came to the conclusion that it will be in my benefit to invest in my education and future career. “Despite rising tuition and falling wages, college graduates continue to earn far more over a lifetime than a worker with no more than a high school diploma, an analysis of four decades of federal data shows.” Marklein, M.B. USAToday (2014).
I am thankful for the opportunity to return to school after so long, and thankful that I am doing so now instead of procrastinating and allowing another ten years to go by. After evaluating the benefits, I realized just how much earning potential I am not taking advantage of by not having my degree. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that persons with a high school degree make, on average, $626 weekly. In comparison, persons with an Associate’s degree make $761, workers with a Bachelor’s degree make $1,025 and those with a Master’s degree take in $1,257 a week. According to these numbers, a person with an Associate’s degree is likely to earn nearly $7,000 more per annum than someone with just a high school diploma, a person with a Bachelor’s degree is likely to earn nearly $14,000 more a year than someone with an Associate’s degree, and a worker who possesses a Master’s degree is likely to earn nearly $12,000 more annually than someone with just a Bachelor’s degree.” Gulbrandsenon, C. (2003). I can only move forward, and am glad that I’ve committed to bettering myself for mine and my daughter’s future.
Caroline Gulbrandsenon, (Feb 2011) The importance and Value of a college Degree
Mary Beth Marklein, USAToday, (June 2014) College Degree still worth the investment, data suggest