Finding a Job with a High School vs College Graduation

Whether you choose to enter the job market with a high school vs. college graduation under you belt can have a very significant impact on the jobs you will be able to do and the amount of money you will be able to make.

According to a report entitled "The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings," a person with a high school degree can expect to earn an average of $ 1.2 million over the course of their working life, and a person with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn an average of $ 2.1 million dollars over the same period of time. The report estimates that people with a master's degree will earn an average of $ 2.5 million, people with doctor degrees will earn an average of $ 3.4 million dollars, and those who get professional degrees will earn the most, an average of $ 4.4 million.

That said, all those figures are an average, so it does not mean they are written in stone. There are good-paying careers you might pursue with only a high school diploma. Construction contractors can make a lot of money. So can entrepreneurs, small business owners or investors. All of those careers can be difficult, risky and taxing, but they do offer the possibility for a person to make an excellent living without a college degree.

Then there are good-paying careers that require a two-year technical education such as plumbing, electrician work or nursing. Those carers pay fairly well and offer opportunities for advancement and entrepreneurship.

On the flip side, there are many carers that require a bachelor's degree (or higher) that do not pay very well at all. To be a teacher, social worker or public interest lawyer, you almost always need an advanced degree. Yet these professions do not offer tremendous financial rewards.

When you are considering going to college in terms of how it will help you make more money, you should think about what type of job you want. If your dream is to become a general contractor, you might be better off getting construction experience, learning skills on the job rather than in a classroom. Or if your goal is to make a good deal of money with only a bachelor's degree you might not want to graduate with an English, Sociology or Philosophy degree. Choose a more financially rewarding course of study like Engineering or Accounting.

In general, we encourage high school graduates to go on to college. A college degree is viewed as the traditional pathway to success. As stated earlier in this article, the general financial trends support that notice.

However, it is crucial for every person to do what is right for them. Sometimes, opportunities open up when they are least expected. And other times, the most obvious pathway to financial success is less rewarding. We know that people with advanced degrees make more money, but these degrees take time and money to earn. People spend years of …

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College Survival Kit – 5 Tips That May Help You Get Through Your Freshman Year

College was such a memorable time for me. The new-found freedom, the different people, the parties … everything was so much fun. It can be an enriching time for anyone. However, if I made poor decisions, college would have been a real drag.

Many freshmen try to take on too many things in that first year or take dives they are not ready for. This could lead to burn-out and to an unpleasure experience. Here are a tips that may help you get through that first semester, or your entire freshman year.

  1. Know yourself and your limitations . You are the only one that knows what's best for you. Take into consideration the guidance your parents give you. But if you can not handle 20 hour class load, then do not take that many hours. On the other hand, taking less than 12 hours for any reason other than a full-time job and children is unreasonable. If you're like I was (18, single, living with parents, no job, no bills, no children), then a 15-18 hour load is feasible.
  2. Prioritize and manage your time. There are so many things to be done in college: class, projects, parties, organizations, etc. But if you do not manage your time, you may find yourself in deep trouble. Although I am not, nor have I ever been, a morning person, all of my classes were in the morning. I used the afternoon to study and do any assigments I needed. That way by 4 pm I had the rest of the day to do as I pleased. Take care of business first, then get to the fun stuff.
  3. Do not procrastinate. No matter how overused, this is one of the most important tips. Most professors write out a syllabus for their class. Therefore you will know when an assignment is due and when a test will occur. Common sense: if you have two weeks to finish an assignment, why wait until the night before to start on it? Keep a date book and make note of all of your class assignments and exams in order to stay organized.
  4. Make wise decisions. Now that mom and dad are no longer with you every step of the way, you now have the freedom to make your own decisions: when to eat, what to eat, when to sleep, when to wake up, when to study, and when to party. While partying can be lots of fun, you've got to still be responible. Common sense: If you have a test Thursday morning, it might not be the smartest idea to stay out late drinking Wednesday night. A test and a hangover does not usually mix well.
  5. Get some sleep. You are no good to anyone if you are tired and worn out. All-nighters are common, but not wise. If you do not know the material by 10 pm, I doubt you'll know it by 7 am either. All you'll get is a useless body and brain, and a
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