You are proud, bright eyed, and bushy tailed. The world is your oyster and you are eager to get a piece of it. You are……a college student. However, there are a few common misconceptions about your undergraduate experience that every student should know up front. Here are the top two lies you’ll hear about college. You might want to be sitting down for this.
“You’ll find a job as soon as you graduate” :
This is usually one of the first arguments used when trying to convince someone to continue their education. Of course you will hear things like “statistics show,” this and “in most cases,” that….but to be brutally honest, these are dangerous overgeneralizations. The rate of college graduates increases every year and more than half struggle to find work. (Not to mention a job in their actual field.) Sure there are other factors that will affect employment after school such as your grades and how much you’ve prepared for “the real world,” but the truth is “statistically” speaking, there is far more guaranteed work for those who attend technical schools and take up an actual skill. Sorry kid.
2. ” You will make more money than those who don’t attend college.”
Surveys show that employers value experience over degrees. What does this mean to you? It means that whenever you finally land that post grad job, it is highly likely you will have to begin at entry level. The salary range will vary depending on the field but most young professionals shouldn’t expect anything over $30,000 a year. (Best case scenario) Subtract the money you’ll be paying in student loans and taxes, and you’ll be struggling to survive like everyone else.
Hopefully your feelings weren’t hurt too badly. If college is the path you choose to take, it’s okay to make the most of it, However, it is critical to discover your OWN reasons for attending versus popular consensus.
Written by: Meaghan Carter