The thing about school, a degree or certificate, is you have to learn things the right way.
Now days with so many 'get rich quick' online sales scams, shams and schemes, many forget the old fashion way of getting ahead simply by knowing a craft, and performing that craft better than anyone else, or learning a skill or degree that pays a lot.
There are hundreds of career paths that many online, forget about do to all the get rich quick scams.
Here are a few...
1. Acounting technology
2. Air traffic controller, courses offered at many local colleges...
3. Digital media, multi media technologies
4. Global logistics and supply chain technology
And I could go on and on...hundreds of programs where you can get degrees or certifications where you have an actual skill that some one needs.
5. Interior design technologies
6. Pharmacy technician
7. Radiation therapy specialist
8. Water quality technician...
Many of these positions can land you jobs with the city, county or state.
point is you got to have a skill...an actual skill that a company or agency or municipality can use.
Many online just don't share stuff like this, cause most online just want to earn money off of your stupidity.
So all you see is get rich quick crap, instead of going back to school stuff, which is the opposite of get rich quick, but will produce a much more stable future down the road.
To answer question I saw posted on social media I'd have to say yes, but not just for economic reasons.
Having a degree, proving to yourself you could complete school, college, will do wonders for your self esteem and moral later in life when in doubt about self.
You will always know you completed something that not many others today did or were able to...(kind of like what boot camp is to the military).
Not only that, but having a degree will actually open you up to all sorts of jobs you're not really qualified for, but since you have a degree, employers often look at that a plus, and proves to them you actually have the intelligence and grit to see something through without quitting.
I've observed people with degrees and those without, and even how they age is different.
None degreed people tend to take on more labor intensive jobs, as such body is prone to break down quicker do to exposer from elements.
Not saying non degreed people can't earn high wages, cause they can, but there's usually a consequence to manual labor vs mental labor.
Being degree will also always put you around a different class of people, people who are degreed tend to be around others with upper mobility, others who know others who can open or create opportunities for you from bonds formed in College.
Without those bonds, most non degreed workers are pretty much on their own and work as induviduals (aside from Unions).
Degree people tend to live in better neighborhoods vs non degreed types, who tend to live on edge of hood areas.
Degreed people tend to have been programed to 'think', where as non degreed workers are more programed to simply earn a check.
There's a big difference in that mentality, one tends to be more creative, the other more practical, come home, drink, have a beer and go to bed.
To cut this short, degrees are still worth it, for those who have resources or willing to over come fiscal obsticales to get one.
Over a life time many more doors will open for you, and your over all environment will be better, and you'll always feel better about yourself with a degree, even if for a while you do end up working as a vet assistant for a while or as a Hotel receptionist.
You will over come that and when you do you'll be glad you have a degree, instead of always being forced to take mindless labor type jobs.
Also if you have a degree, others just tend to listen to you more, consider what you say, whether you know what you're talking about or not, societies just seem to elevate the thoughts and opinions of those with degrees over the thoughts and opinions with those with no degree.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2015 21:48:20 GMT -5 by X factor
Society doesn't take you serious unless you have degree to go behind comments or logic
Sadly, the older one gets, the more one realizes that unless one has a degreed title behind their name, nothing they say or advise really matters.
Without a degree, no one listens to what you have to say.
And the people that matter, in position of power, all pretty much have degrees, and it's impossible to make inroads into their institutions unless you yourself have a degree and they view you as a 'colleague'.
Without a degree they view you as a threat to their hard work or years, and money spent in school.
If you're as smart, keen, or more so than them even without a degree, than it makes them feel they wasted years in school, 10's of 1000's of dollars for nothing.
So sadly you must play their game and get a degree in order to be provided the proper platform and given credibility by those who run institutions.
I think I'm finally getting back into school, not to persue a degree or anything, just a license.
And I have choice of classroom or online, I'm going to choose classroom, why? cause I need the social interaction.
Need to meet new fresh faces, personalities, getting sick of online interaction, I've had enough of online interaction to last me the next 10 years and it gets you absolutely no where.
You meet more cool people in one week than you will spending the next year or more online.
I need to do this for many reasons, outside of school, learning, life can seem deadening at times, no matter how brilliant, smart, savvy, good looking, if there's no where to channel it, like can seem deadening at times.
I need the change, the discipline and the challenge.
And once you get a small taste of school again, it conditions you to want to learn more.
I mean of course you can always learn more outside of school or courses, but it really does no good, and can't apply it to nothing.
Even Einstein, if not in the collegiate system, his brilliance would not have mattered, no one would of listened to him.
There's a lot of potential Einstein's out here, but sadly most who aren't in school, college, trade school, ect, have no way to channel it, no platform on which to present it, and so all the talent goes wasted.
Last Edit: Sept 12, 2015 21:57:59 GMT -5 by X factor
Going back to school, college, getting certified in a field, can be very humbling
The older one gets, and further they're removed from the whole collegiate environment, the more humbling going back can be for the following reasons and more.
1. When you go back to school, whether online, or classroom, you realize how little you know.
2. If going back to school and older, you at times feel like a dinosaur, like you should be babysitting the other students rather than studying with them.
3. Also you notice how many of the instructors, although technically knowledgable, lack common applied social sense.
Sometimes you may have to fake like you're 'dumb' just to not step on instructors ego.
And more reasons I could list.
Me myself, I've decided to take online course in conjunction with community college, I purchased text book ahead of time and wow, like 2 inch think book packed with information, laws, regulations, terms, and more.
It's quit daunting.
But one advantage I have is I don't have to do this, I'm not pressed for 'money' right now, and am under no pressure to pass course and go to work right away.
As such I can relax throughout course and know I'm doing it cause I want to, not cause I have to.
And if I pass this course, pass State licensing exam, then it will..
1. I'll already be in 'study mode', and it will be much easier to transition into a different field or area of study.
When you haven't studied for a while it's easy to forget how much discipline it requires.
It's easier to 'think' about what you want to do, it's another thing to actually take and pass a course that you can't fake, in that either you know the material, have put in time to learn it, or you don't.
Coming home, sitting on couch, having a few cold ones is one thing, coming home after work, sitting on couch and reading for 2 or more hours is another, it takes discipline, and it doesn't come over night.
That's why I've purchased course book ahead of time so I can go through it, be familiar with it, see if I even like it.
To not have been in school for 3-6 years, and then think you can just jump back into it from day one is a mistake, you have to ease into it.
Also school does what just being 'out here' cannot, and that is put you in contact with people who have resources, State resources, people who know people who can help you along.
One thing I've realized out here in the non collegiate world, and that is no one takes time to teach you anything, it's like every person for themselves, they come home, lock doors, and that's it.
Most people are struggling and just don't have time for anything else outside of work.
Many come home dirty, tired, beat up and depressed, and aren't thinking about side business ventures.
It's like they've thrown in the towel.
There's a lot of dumb people in society who just drive around in newer cars who really don't know squat, and who really don't contribute to nothing greater than self.
At least school puts you around people, or in an environment where people still have vision, motivation, or they wouldn't be there.
And those patterns are distractions, which come in many different forms.
If a working adult with bills and responsibilities, things distractions can really compound quickly.
And if have a family, distractions again will be multiplied.
Most people around have no real vested interest in you getting ahead at anything.
And most employers could really care the less, unless what you're getting ahead in is of direct benefit to them. Most companies are content just using you as basic mindless labor, and would probably hire robots instead, if and when technology allows that.
Another big distraction is self doubt, which sooner or later will creep in come test time, or deadline time. You can be so overwhelmed with new challenging material that at times will just feel like giving up and walking away from it. The stress of not knowing if you'll even pass, after sacrificing so much, can be daunting in and of itself.
Unless in a loving relationship, or have a ton of friends, there is no rah rah crowd rooting you on.
Justification for the sacrifice it takes to learn a new trade or discipline has to come from within.