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 Is a college degree worth the cost? You decide.
Unread 3 years agoclass of '10 - away - #21
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reppinI85 said:
That often times if your resume is being ran through a resume portal to land a job you might need more than a sociology degree. JMO
Which is why you get someone in the company to get you the interview, which will make the interviewer look at you from a different prospective.
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Darkdrone said:
Which is why you get someone in the company to get you the interview, which will make the interviewer look at you from a different prospective.
Well that's what I did I'm lucky enough to have a VP of my company that attended my alma mater. Met him at a career fair. Also had a relevant degree which helped. Everyone doesn't have a unique connection like that. But w/e. lol You got it bruh
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Unread 3 years agoclass of '06 - away - #23
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An undergraduate degree is the equivalent of a high school diploma 30 years ago.
People get those now just to get their foot in the door. The money is in graduate degrees, phd, or what is called professional degrees.

I am going to graduate this coming may and i can tell you from my experience that you should go to state institutions for undergraduate and an elite school for graduate.

The best way to go about things is to go to a community college for 2 years to get all those requirements out of the way, then transfer them to a state institution and finish your last 2 years. The cost is a fraction
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I want to get an IT degree or computer science. would that be useless?
serious question.
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If I had 2 do it all over again I would have learned a trade instead of getting a degree. I'm currently in grad school @ Old Dominion University and have a good job and living a pretty good life, but if I had done vocational school N high school or gotten into an apprenticeship and received a certification in any specialized field such as welding, boiler making, or electrician, I know that would have saved me a ton of cash and time. My income would be greater as well by now without all politics and competition that comes along with looking 4 a gig N a saturated job market.

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Rawse Bawse said:
That bi*ch is s3xy!

But college is a fu*king scam now but you
Gotta do what you gotta do to increase wealth potential
This

I'm over 30K in debt for college loans but having a degree (plus networking with people) allowed me to get a good job after I graduated

I can definitely agree that the cost of college is absurd but nowadays it's better to have a degree than none at all. That's just how the game is. I'm not saying you can't be successful without one, but having it under your belt gives you an advantage over other potential competing hires
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TheCityOnMyMind said:
I want to get an IT degree or computer science. would that be useless?
serious question.
No, IT and computer science are the way of the future. The world now needs IT specialists more than ever.

If you're thinking about going to school, factor in your situation first. Sometimes you can land a decent IT job just by getting certifications without paying all that money for school.

If you decide to go back, what you should be looking for is an internship with an IT company while you go to school part-time or full-time. By the time you graduate, that IT company could possibly offer you a full-time gig. Plus if you do an internship, that just gives you more experience - which is always a bonus when companies look at your resume.

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Unread 3 years agoclass of '11 - away - #28
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Heck Idk I might just go back and pick up a trade while I'm at it after I graduate b/c with the way sh*t is now with graduating college nothing is guaranteed.
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outta all those people... only that chick who majored in neuro science I could imagine having a future doing anything related to her major

Everyone else tho doing business / arts / liberal arts?
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I hate business and find it hard to maintain the slightest bit of interest. Not to mention how over saturated it is that in an ironic way I think having a communications degree might make you a more visible candidate.
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mr_underground said:
I don't agree with the people saying "they picked the wrong major" The point is colleges offer those major and market them the same as a degree in computer science. If you compare the number of worthless topics to those of practical use you will see all colleges have waaay more bullsh*t courses and degrees than they do useful ones.

Using that logic, if you don't want to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer...your screwed. And if you "strategically pick a major" its based on fear and will usually lead to unhappiness in life.
I can agree with this.. but it goes back to it is what it is.. if you pick a worthless major that will be the result. Even if you do pick a worthless major. Keep in mind what have to offer do you have experience through an internship? Do you have connections or what. I have seen many people have worthless major, but make it to high positions. For the debt portion is all about how you manage your money, and how you go through the process. Did you go to community college first? Did you take out the min possible? Did you work and pay off or pay for what you could. Did you get scholarships and grants?

Why not interview all the success people around and see what they did to get there? Did they go to college? Most likely. I have said this before, but even looking amongst are own members. The people who are getting paid the most have degrees. Its just the natural of the beast.
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College aint worth it.. But this is a pay to play system so you gotta work it, and do it to your advantage.. anything in school can be taught by you to yourself... only thing its good for is the networking
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MOTTAFOOKAH said:
College aint worth it.. But this is a pay to play system so you gotta work it, and do it to your advantage.. anything in school can be taught by you to yourself... only thing its good for is the networking
I learned a lot of social skills and leaderships skills in college. Also, how to work with different groups of peoples "lazy" "dominate people". Even little things like going a long with the popular decision even if its not the greatest idea. I remember having a group project, my idea greatest thing since slice bread. I had failed like 2 test and I needed a A on this project to get up to a C. I had to work overtime to persuade everyone to go with my idea. Ended up with an A and a B in the class . I think college is not worth it money wise, but you can pull a lot out of it. I learned to bite my tongue I had one group were everyone was stupid as sh*t, ended up with a horrible all around project. I planned what I need to do to get an A ahead of time knowing I was going to fail that project. I had to work my a.ss off 3x to get all other good grades.

I learned a lot about my strength and weakness and how to work with somebody else and pull their strengths out to balance your weakness, or how to match everyone up for a project.

It comes down to its all about what you take from it.
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Business, Medical, Legal, or Engineering majors are worth the cost. But like all things in life you gotta hustle and know that an education is just a starting point. If you major in literature, dance, music or some other bs like that.... might as well major in underwater basket weaving cause that sh*t aint getting you paid.
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if i could do it over again i would skipped college and went to the navy outta HS and just finished once my time was up and i would've had a decent job already, college credits and mad $ in the bank to start my own business



im in good shape tho, i have no debt and mad money saved....im blessed ....i dont take it for granted
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It's this simple, what are you going to do with a college degree and if you don't have one what are you going to do without one?


I think 18 is too young to be going off to college. You have to really know what you want to do and you have to be good at it. Which is why a lot of older go back to school and easily get better careers, they know exactly what they want.

Know what you want and be good at it.
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I say if you paying for the sh*t, then it's not really worth it. I say get a job, and on your down time read read read. CREATE your own business!

I recommend watching Self Made Millionaire by Brian Tracy. He talks about how self made millionaires without degrees made it. Very insightful!

READ READ READ!

Also recommend reading The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco. Yeah the title sounds like a get rich quick scheme, but read the reviews on amazon, and I can attest, the book is very insightful!!
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- JaEdEe24 - said:
I say if you paying for the sh*t, then it's not really worth it. I say get a job, and on your down time read read read. CREATE your own business!

I recommend watching Self Made Millionaire by Brian Tracy. He talks about how self made millionaires without degrees made it. Very insightful!

READ READ READ!

Also recommend reading The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco. Yeah the title sounds like a get rich quick scheme, but read the reviews on amazon, and I can attest, the book is very insightful!!
Yea bro, but keeping a business going, and keeping it profitable is haaaaaaaaard work, way harder than college. You can read and read and read all day, that shut isn't going to get you paid. What's going to get you paid is what you do as a result of learning from all that reading.

I started college at 21, started trying to build a business at 20...I've done lots ,ore on the biz side than the college side. I've been in college for like 5 semesters, and not one thing I've learned there has made me any money. But I'm doing both, because I wanna get a degree to fall back on, and maybe learn some valuable shyt I didn't learn from experience.

It's a double sided game you're talking about. College is way easier.

I'm Going to go a bit off subject from the thread but its still relevant.

When I was 20, I got a job at target in the beginning of January, worked there for 11 months. Decided to see if I could make what I made at target in a year with my own business, then I didn't need to get a job and I'd be straight. That was my first real jib that I held for almost a year. If you're trying to start a business, take a year off from a real job and try and make as much as your previous job, it's like a test I guess....

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In the end, as cliche as it sounds, it's not the degree, the education or any of that that will make you successful, it's what you do with it.
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