Getting a college education can open many doors for you. Yet, too many of us end up going to college, getting the degree, but still can’t find a job. Why?
Many graduates are dismayed when they finish college with a mountain of debt and no career path. Should you go to college? For those who are able to go, how do you chose a major?
Follow the Money.
As in many things in life, you gotta follow the money trail. You gotta under the concept of money in that it has no value other than the value we give it. It’s just paper. Universities and Colleges are businesses too. At least they operate that way. They tell you “come to our university or school, chose any fabulous major you like, and you’ll get a good job at the end of it.” You gotta understand that colleges have something to sell. They want your money. Knowing that, you gotta do what is best for you.
Why go to school?
Colleges are here to sell you a degree, not an education. What’s the difference? Like money, a degree is just a piece of paper. Depending on where you get your degree from, some degrees are worth more than others. A degree from Harvard University for example will likely be worth more than a degree from you local community college. Yet, what is the value of the education? You see education can not be sold. You can’t buy an education, but you can work for it. You can earn it.
So, why go to school? If you go to school just to get a degree, a piece of paper, and hope that piece of paper will land you a career, then you’ll be disappointed. Rather, go to school for an education. An education is of so much more value than a degree. Go to school for knowledge. Yes, you’ll earn a degree in the process, but your focus must be on the knowledge. A degree may get you hired if you’re lucky, but knowledge will enable you to hire others. With a degree, you can go work for others, but with knowledge you can work for yourself.
Regardless of your path, employers would rather hire those who have the ability to work for themselves even if they don’t. By hiring those who have the ability to work for themselves, employers eliminate potential competition while getting a self-motivated and independent employee. Seek knowledge, my brother, my sister. “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” Proverbs 4:7 ESV.
Choosing a major
What should you major in? It depends. If you want to get hired, S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors are the most lucrative. The growth rate in these industries is steady year after year. Medical and healthcare are also fields that grow year after year. If that happens to be your passion as well, then go for it. Yet, be prepared to start a business in your field, both to make you a more attractive job applicant and also to better yourself because you never know when you may need it.
What if you’re not a science, tech, or medical person? Find your passion, major in it, but also prepare yourself to do your own thing if you need to. Regardless, don’t chose a major because you think this major will land you a good job. Don’t change who you are in order to obtain money or wealth from others. Don’t seek the job, or even the career. Rather, seek your vocation, what you were born for, what you were intended to do on this earth.
Seek your calling, that which pulls you towards it and draws you in, your purpose in this life. Pursue that which is pursuing you. Most of all, don’t be afraid. Be you and do your thing boldly. Peace.
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