As tuition prices sky-rocket a lot of people have started asking if college degrees are worth the money. In some ways they are, but the degree itself doesn’t mean much unless you’re becoming a doctor or a lawyer. It’s a piece of paper, a line item on your resume, that over half of the other applicants have on their’s as well.
In my opinion, college isn’t really about the degree. Sure it’s the end goal, you definitely want to get it if you start it, but it’s not the most valuable part. The value of college comes in other activities only available on a college campus. And I’m not talking about a social life. I’m not taking about taking another four years before hitting the real world. I’m talking about the resume items colleges offer.
My resume was beautiful leaving college, at least, beautiful for a kid in her early twenties who had never had a full-time job before. That wasn’t the focus though, you didn’t see the part-time work at the fro-yo place, you saw list of college activities and courses that counted as real world experience.
I did layout for the campus news paper for three years, I learned all the design programming that major companies use, I had tight deadlines, and I had a portfolio from it. I was web editor for the campus literary magazine. I did their social media and I designed their website. I learned how to design and run sites on WordPress.org along with WordPress.com. I was able to take unpaid internships and make them count for college credits, so I could buffer the fact that I wasn’t being paid. I did them for multiple types of companies so I could figure out exactly what I wanted to do.
College was extremely helpful for me. I wouldn’t be able to have my job or career path without it, but I don’t think that it has that much to do with my degree. It has much more to do with how I choose to spend my time while I was there getting that degree. If you do the bare minimum to get that piece of paper, that and a line on your resume is all you’ll have.
Is college worth it? Some of that has to do with the type of degree, but whether your college experience will be worth it is completely up to you. So if you’re a college student or a high school student, take this post to heart. Bulk up your schedule and commit to clubs, publications, or organizations. Take any lead that you think will look good towards the kind of position you want. Don’t let free leadership positions pass you by. They’re big, they’re important, and they can help land you a good job after graduation. That’s why you went to college after all.