A college degree might require a significant investment of both money and time upfront but the payoff is very much superior over time than if you used just your life experiences in order to achieve the same educational level that you can pack into 2, 4, or 5 years of an undergraduate education.
In other words, over the period of your life you are likely to pay far less for your undergraduate education than you would pay (in earning potential) for not having a college education. At the same time, each level of undergraduate education you get will increase your overall earning capacity. Therefore, a one-year technical degree will give a modest boost from a highschool diploma when it comes to potential for earning but an associates degree will provide an even more significant raise. You will see an even more significant improvement in earning potential when you continue from an associates degree to a bachelor degree. The vast majority of students get into the work force upon completion of a bachelors degree. Those students, however, who stay in a learning phase for graduate level studies quite often find out that a masters degree increases even further their lifetime earning potential.
The problem for many when it comes to transitioning between degrees and educational levels is cost. At certain times in life we just have to get away from college and get to work. The positive news is that it is gradually becoming less difficult for those with careers to supplement their learning without sacrificing either their work or their family during the process. Obviously there will be some sacrifices along the way but it is not an all at once or nothing situation. You can start working towards a degree by taking classes online, night classes, and during Saturdays. The age of advanced communication technology has made it quite easy to achieve the learning goals you need to meet in order to satisfy your dreams for the future.
The level of learning you have achieved will get your foot in the door in terms of certain jobs and the lack thereof will limit you to a far greater extent than a lack of experience will limit you in many cases. As time grows on, an increasing number of companies is seeking employees that have degrees rather than those with just field experience. In order to remain competitive in the world of business you need to equip yourself with a sufficient level of education. Some companies may offer some sort of incentives for employees continuing their education. It may be surprising to find that your company offers to match your tuition funds or even completely reimburse them if you are working towards a degree that will assist you in your job functions.
There is no bad reason to get an education. Even in the case that you are applying for a job that will not use your specific degree, you may find out that having a degree at all puts you in a stronger position over other applicants for the same position. A college degree is becoming more and more important in today’s business climate. You need to take every opportunity that is available to you in order to get your college degree.