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  • NONE. i am speaking from my own experience.
  • it helps for some things. You can't get some jobs without one.
  • It can get you a larger salary than if you didn't have one. With my bachelors in criminal justice I will get about 4-6k more right off the bat at the city police department than someone with only a high school degree. Also, it will be easier for me to start a higher paying job higher in the government. There are plenty of jobs you can't even be involved with without a degree in a number of fields.
  • A college degree is one of those funny things that costs you a mint, doesn't teach you anything but everybody wants you to have
  • It can help you get jobs you might not have gotten otherwise, and you can make more money. I work for a large corporation and even if two people have similar positions with similar duties, but one has a college degree and the other one doesn't, the one with the degree will get paid more. +5
  • Although the actual coursework may not be that beneficial to the job you eventually get (depending on your major), completing a degree shows a level of follow-through that employers appreciate. This gives you a "leg up" on those who didn't graduate, depending on the position. I have almost never seen a position where having a degree HURT someone, compared to a person without a degree.
  • It is good to have, but it really depends on what you are wanting to do with your life. You should at least take a few college classes, such as Micro/Macro-economics and a business management class to get an associate's degree in business. It would really help in getting a job and promotions because a business would rather choose someone that has a degree over some person off the street.
  • You know, George Jones, college ain't just to get a job with. Study of certain courses teaches a person how to think in different ways. So the college degree, if earned, really is invaluable and its worth incalculable. All those high school nigits who complain, "Why should I have to study algebra. I'm never gonna use it," don't get it. 1.) You don't KNOW what's in your future. You MIGHT need algebra. 2.) Having studied it, your brain will think through certain problems lots more efficiently. This is the advantage the rich always used to have over everyone. Now that college is more available, people ought to grab it with both hands. I did, and I did pretty well for myself, too.
  • my personal experience with having my degree is that it has not helped one iota in my securing a job, which has almost always been about who more than what i know. many jobs say they require x amount of college, but again, knowing someone negates that as well. i graduated summa cum laude, and this is my experience regarding employment. that being said, if you can figure out a way to go to college, do it. be an informed part of your world. go learn not what to think, but how to think. meet folks, create a network of informed individuals. party, if you're into that kinda scene. college is not about employability, its about establishing yourself in the world as a thinker, an individual. expand, evolve, be more. my two cents, anyway...
  • It depends, in some fields (eg. accounting) a degree is required. In other fields it's a way of culling the herd. The discipline, growth and though processes many people acquire at college frequently stand them in good stead even if you never actually use that English/Poli Sci/Philosophy major. That doesn't mean that every successful person has a college degree but I'd bet that every sucessful person has continued their education in some form or fashion.
  • It opens doors that would otherwise be closed to you.
  • It indicates to potential employers that you made the commitment to complete your education. Whether or not it is helpful as far as educating you for the real world, is doubtful.
  • If you're in the bottom quarter of your class, or if you take six years to complete it, you've wasted a huge chunk of time, energy, and money. There are all kinds of skilled jobs screaming to be filled out in our economy that require at most a community college or vocational-school diploma, and which pay more than you would get for a six-year degree or bottom-quarter diploma, with an investment of only two years and a LOT less money. Most of them are also recession-proof.
  • Depends who you know.
  • These days, nothing. Kids will go out in their spare time to get a doctorate, then come home to play video games. It's educational inflation, I say!
  • Great answers, thank you very much!
  • You need one to have your application accepted for lots of jobs. You also learn how to do many of the jobs.

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