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Getting a Job: Education vs. Experience

Over the past few decades a college education has become more common and a lot more necessary. Many high school students prepare to attend college by taking SATs and working hard to get into AP classes, all the while having an idea of where they want to go to school and what they want to study.

Let's face it, college and the idea of college have become an important part of our nation's focus. From a young age, children are conditioned with the idea of preparing and attending college. College is becoming more and more necessary in today's world, with a large number of occupations requiring some form of formal education.

However there are always those who counter attack the argument for college with success stories of various entrepreneurs who did not attend college. While these success stories are inspiring and sometimes more desirable than the idea of school, the reason why they are success stories is because they are rare and exceptional.

These people are the exception, not the rule. The idea that the average person can be highly successful with little educational is naive. College is embedded in the minds of students from a young age, for a reason. The average college graduate is more successful and more sought-after by employers than someone without a college education.

The bottom line is, a college education is the better choice for the majority of career fields. There may be some fields and occupations where individuals can get along just fine with self-taught skills and a background of experience. However, it is important to note that this is not very likely in the world we live in today. The majority of employers require degrees or certification for employment.

So there you have it, a blunt approach to the education versus experience argument. The best thing you can do is to do what is going to work best for you. Do some research within the field that interests you. Did those practicing in this field attend college? If not, what other experience or certification did they have?

When it comes to making the decision between higher education and job experience, remember that everybody knows somebody who knows somebody who became a self-made millionaire with little or no educational training. What this doesn't mean is that the same can or will happen for you. Take the safe route and go to college. Get an education in something you love and enjoy the decision you made.