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Will a college degree ~really~ help me land a job?

Earning a college degree has always been an important part of a person’s lifetime goal. Study hard, get some good grades, graduate, get a high paying job, and be successful. Moreover, attaining a college education has become a part of every Filipino’s “treasure” that is passed generation after generation. But does having a bachelor’s degree guarantee a fast pass to the corporate world?

Sure, earning a college degree opens a lot of opportunities for students. It helps students develop intellectually, socially, and professionally and basically lays the foundation of the essential things you will need when you start your path into the real world. While many people still think about the possibilities of achieving success in their chosen career without the need to go into college, it cannot be denied that having a degree still provides valuable professional knowledge and training. Read more to know why.


Firm foundation

Studying in college provides you with all the necessary skills you will be able to use in any given profession. From the classroom lessons, the textbook theories, to the internship programs you are required to accomplish, all of these prepare you for the real deal. The foundation that a college education provides will help you understand new and complex topics, communicate your ideas, and think analytically.

Aside from the general and specialized information that students learn, they are also taught how to break down these information and come up with an informed decision. Critical thinking and good decision making will prove to be useful in both your personal and professional life. Moreover, professions such as engineering, doctor, teacher, lawyer, and accountant are just some of the jobs that require intensive trainings, a degree, and even pass board examinations so a firm foundation in college will definitely help.


Better career opportunities

In today’s economy, a large majority of high school graduates work in service and manufacturing industries that can only provide low to minimum range salaries with few advancement opportunities. College graduates, on the other hand, tend to have competencies for a wide range of employment opportunities up the corporate ladder. A person who works as a waiter, for example, may be required to take a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management first, if he wants to be a manager.

Obtaining a diploma will also increase your chances of landing a higher position and a higher salary. The average monthly rate for minimum wage workers ranges from 10,000 to 13,000 whereas college graduates at entry level positions can earn an average of 15,000 to 20,000 per month. Having a masters degree or Ph.D. also increase one’s earning potentials.

Real-world networking

If you are aiming to advance your career, college is a great place to start. As you study, you will get to know a lot of people- from your classmates, professors, and other colleagues- you have the perfect opportunity to connect with people in and outside your chosen field. Together with extra-curricular activities, school organizations, and events you can join and participate in, you will definitely meet people that in one way or another will be a building block to your career puzzle.

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