An Extra Million Dollars?

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    Were you raised in a household where your mom or dad told you that in order for you to be successful that you had to go to college? Aside from the status factor – to be able to say that you have a degree, do you come out ahead financially after college, considering all the debts and the time you put in? Would you have been better off going straight into the labor market in an area that you knew and liked?

    I would like your opinion, especially from those who didn’t go the college route. Here’s what brought up the question:

    Read full article at below link.

    John Stossel : The College Scam - Townhall.com
     
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    Some of the most successful people i have met did not have college degrees.
     
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    degrees certainly don't mean what they used to as far as obtaining a job and have pretty poor indicators of someones skills in that area.
     
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    Thanks for your response.
    What age group are you referring to?
    Would it apply to students today that are of college age?

    This current economic meltdown might be an impetus for more people to head right into the workforce.

    I also suspect that children are not aware what kind of debt they will be incurring since colleges (with billion $ endowments) won't be giving any breaks anytime soon.
     
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    I have a son who just turned 18 so most of the people i referenced are my age, early to mid forties, or older.

    My son does not really have a clue about what he wants to do. he is working and taking classes part time at a local state u. I have no problem with this.

    He is really into music and is a pretty good guitar player but there really is not a future as a musician for him other than a garage band or local club gig and that's cool but it's not a living.

    I advised him to work, try different things get a gig as an intern at a radio station things like that and I also advised him to travel.

    I am of the opinion that real world experiences and not a mere continuation of high school will do him the most good right now.
     
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    This makes a lot sense.

    Most students don't know what they want to do after high school, and college doesn't help and many times adds to the confusion.
     
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    I have a 19 year old son with the same symptoms---He's knocking out the basic requirements in a Jr College BUT remains clueless on how to survive on his own.
     
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    If it wasn't for my horse, I'd never have spent that year in college.
     
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    It's tough to learn now to live on your own without "living on your own."
     
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    Now that we are in our 50's, comparing my standard of living with some college and no degree to that of my sisters who each got their degrees and also married degrees, my suggestion to my younger self, if I could write me a letter, would be to get a degree or a certificate in advanced technical training.

    -Joe
     
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