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How Did College Work Out for You? [POLL]

This is the month of college graduations in New Jersey. Rutgers graduated 14,000 in the rain on Sunday. It’s the largest class in the school’s 247-year-history.

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What happens to these graduates from here is anyone’s guess. Will they take their degrees and be successful in their chosen fields? Will the fact that they simply have a degree get them an interview for a job in a completely different line of work? Will they stay in that line of work while continuing to pay off a student loan for a degree that only served its purpose to get them the interview? Will they never work in their chosen field and get a job completely unrelated to college?  Is college worth it?

That question continually comes up in these hard economic times with student loans increasing and the job market decreasing. In my opinion, college is only worth it if you need it to get to your chosen field.  Before you think about college, you should think about what you want to be when you grow up. Once you get a fix on that, and if you need college for it, then go and focus on the subjects that will get you the degree you need.

If you’re just going to buy time or try to decide what you want to do, then you’re going to pile up student loan debt which you will pay for a large chunk of your life.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in radio. You don’t need college for that. I went to a broadcasting school that focused on everything I needed to succeed in this field. I also took voice lessons and learned how to do everything I possibly could with a microphone. I’ve dj’d parties. owned a disc jockey business, performed standup comedy and now own 2 comedy clubs.

My wife on the other hand, is an accomplished physical therapist who has a Masters degree which she needed for work. For her, college was definitely worth it.

How about you? Take our poll and let us know.

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