July 24, 2011

Succeding In This Course

Since you've signed up for the course, we're guessing you already know the value of a education. But just to give you some numerical back-up, you should know what the gap between the earning of high school graduates and college graduates, which is growing every year, now ranges from 60 to 70 percent.

According to the U.S Census Bureau, the holders of bachelor's degrees will make an average of $40,478 per year as opposed to just $22,895 for high school graduates. That's a whooping additional $17,583 a year. Thus, what you invest in a college education is likely to pay you back many times. That doesn't mean there aren't good careers available to non-college graduates. It just mean that those with an education are more likely to have higher earnings over their lifetime.

The value of a college education is more than just a larger paycheck. Other benefits include increasing your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas to others, improving your ability to use technology, and preparing yourself to live in a diverse world. Knowing you've met your goals and earned a college degree also gives you the self-confidence to continue to strive to meet your future goals.

Experts say it's likely that today's college graduates will hold seven or eight different jobs (often in several different careers) in their lifetime. there are many returning students in a college today who are changing their careers and their plans for life. In fact, 41 percent of the people enrolled in college today are 25 or older. More than 1.6 million students are over 40. Talk to them and learn from their successes and mistakes. You too many want to change careers someday. Often that is the path to long-term happiness and success. That means you will have to be flexible and adjust your strengths and talents to new opportunities. Many of the best jobs of the future don't even exist today. Learning has become a lifelong job. You'll have to constantly update your skills if you want to achieve and remain competitive.

If you're typical of many college students, you may not have any idea what career you'd like to pursue. That isn't necessarily a big disadvantage in today's fast-changing job market. There are no perfect or certain ways to prepare for the most interesting and challenging jobs of tomorrow. Rather, you should continue your college education, develop strong computer skills, improve your verbal and written communication skills, and remain flexible while you explore the job market.