The Necessity of a Good Education

So many of us complain about how hard we have to work, how tired we are when we get home from work, or even what horrible bosses we have! 

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that none of this would be an issue if we had gotten a good education in the first place.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to become the next Albert Einstein (though it can’t hurt). But getting an education gives you so many opportunities that those without it don’t have. 

Education gives you knowledge about the world around you, which can be invaluable in so many ways.

Where do you want to be?

The first step to getting where you want to go is to be clear about your ultimate destination. 

And don’t just keep it in your head—write it down! Make a list of everything you aspire to in life, from career goals and travel destinations to hobbies and bucket-list items. 

And once you have a vision for your future clearly mapped out, there are some practical steps you can take that will help get you closer to achieving all those goals.

Poor grades can hold you back

It is true that not all companies require applicants to have a four-year degree. 

But even in fields where an associate’s or bachelor’s degree might suffice, getting good grades can help you stand out among other candidates with similar experience. 

A strong education gives you something extra to talk about on your resume and in job interviews—and it also shows that you took school seriously enough to apply yourself.

 So take your education seriously and make sure your transcript is full of As instead of Bs or Cs!

Even good grades can hold you back if you don’t have an education degree

Many employers want to see that you have at least some college credits before they’ll even consider you for an entry-level position. 

That said, in some cases, it may not even matter whether you have formal education. 

You could be one of those lucky people who are naturals when it comes to business and can intuitively learn how things work without any sort of formal schooling. 

Some would say being educated is one thing, but being street smart is something completely different. 

If you aren’t getting what it takes at school, move on and apply those skills elsewhere.

Your lack of credentials can keep you from making the money you deserve

A lot of professions have specific educational requirements, and unless you have earned your bachelor’s degree or higher, you may not be able to pursue those careers. 

You may need to get some training at a technical school before you can apply for certain jobs. 

Make sure that you know what educational requirements are needed to be successful in your chosen field. 

If it’s necessary for you to return to school, don’t delay—start right away! 

There are plenty of financial aid programs out there that can help with tuition costs while helping you earn an education that will pay off in your future career prospects.

An advanced degree helps you command better pay

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, individuals with master’s or doctorate degrees earned an average weekly salary of $1,550—nearly $400 more than those with bachelor’s degrees ($943), and nearly $300 more than those with associate’s degrees ($901). 

With little formal education beyond high school and no advanced degree, you can expect to earn around $750 per week.

School loan debt isn’t fun (and probably affects your future salary, too).

According to MarketWatch, Overall student debt in America is at $1.2 trillion, and according to government data analyzed by LendingTree’s Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze, between 50% and 60% of students are leaving school with debt — an average of $27,200 per borrower among those who left school from 2005-2006. 

On top of that, MarketWatch found that graduates tend to make about $1 million less than non-graduates over their lifetime.

Getting and keeping a job requires some level of education.

You need at least an education to get a job, and in today’s economy, you often need specialized training beyond high school or college. 

Employers are looking for employees who are intelligent, motivated, and adaptable — qualities that can be honed in school. 

Education also makes you more attractive to employers because you’re less likely to leave your job or become incompetent over time if your employer has invested in educating you.

Don’t forget about networking opportunities — many jobs go unadvertised until they are filled through personal contacts rather than posted on career sites.

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