If you want a real world insight into how college and career are working out, just take a look at your local wedding announcements, keeping in mind that these are a positively biased sample as the couple can actually afford to get married.
3 Questions to ask as you read the announcement:
- Did they manage to finish a degree program?
- Are they working in the field of study of their degree?
- Is the work appropriate for their degree status?
From one I read this weekend:
‘…announce the engagement of their daughter “Eve” to “Adam.” Eve graduated from High School in 2008 and from Public University in 2012 with a degree in Hospitality Management. She is employed as a prosthetic fitter and administrative assistant at a local breast cancer boutique.
‘Adam graduated from High School in 2007 and attended Private University. He is employed as an operations manager at a local recycling firm.’
Did they manage to finish a degree program? One did. One did not.
Are they working in the field of study of their degree? Neither appear to be.
Is the work appropriate for their degree status? Not sure that one needs a 4 year degree in hospitality management to be an administrative assistant or prosthetic fitter. But we’re pleased to see them working.
My takeaway- Skills- not a degree, has empowered this couple to make a dual career life together.
We understand the possible benefits of a 4 year degree. We also understand its costs.
All of us need to understand its Return on Investment (ROI).