In today’s world, the cost of living is increasing while salaries stay stagnant. It’s very difficult to better yourself financially in this climate, especially if you don’t have a college diploma. A college diploma is one of the best investments you can make in yourself, in terms of boosting both your salary and your career.
One of the very first things hiring employers look at is the educational background of the applicant. If you don’t have the requisite educational experience, your candidacy is over before it ever began. Getting a college diploma not only means not being unfairly rejected for the jobs you want, it also gives you the tools for success you’ll need down the road.
Just as the cost of living is increasing; so too are college expenses. That’s why it’s so important to go back now. The longer you wait, the more it’ll cost later in life. And the less time you have to earn the money to make up for your initial outlay. Forbes reports that the cost of a graduate diploma can be earned back in just four years.
Make no mistake, people with college degrees definitely make more than those without diplomas. According to US News and World Report, students with bachelor’s degrees make an average annual salary of around $43,000. Those with master’s degrees make more than $55,000 a year. Speaking in career terms, Forbes states that someone without a college diploma will earn $1.2 million in their lifetimes, while those with bachelor’s degrees will make $2.1 million and those with master’s degrees will make $2.4 million.
Furthermore, a college diploma unlocks the door to doing what you really care about, and provides enhanced job security. Why let a diploma get in the way of your hopes and dreams? Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
It’s easier than ever to get your diploma, whether you graduated high school years ago and never had the chance to start college, or you stopped taking courses in the middle of your college career. Many colleges such as CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies realize the value in educating adults returning to school and have developed programs catering to their needs. Night classes, weekend classes, online classes and complimentary child care and bus services are just a few of the amenities available now that were unheard of a generation ago. Take advantage of what’s available, and start looking into college as a realistic and viable option.