When I was in high school, I had to make a tough decision between the military and college. My father wanted me to enlist in the Marines. My mother wanted me to go to college, get a degree in teaching and teach high school. I wanted to do neither; I wanted to be a welder or learn a trade that would make me good money down the road. When I was in high school, I had dreams of going nowhere.
I’m not knocking trade work; it is absolutely an essential part of the economy, and the people who do it are good, hard working individuals. However, I would have probably injured myself for life on my first day. I’m just not that prone to hard physical labor. So, my decision was to go to college. I had many resources available. I took the leap and to this day, I do not regret my decision. A Bachelor’s degree is essential because it gives you options. But there are many other reasons you should pursue a bachelor’s degree.
- Weigh Your Values- When you make a decision, you are essentially weighing the value. The Marines versus college. Dying in Afghanistan versus turning in an essay on Lord Byron’s influence on mid-18th-century literature. When you look at the value of something, you must look at the economic, social, intellectual value, but most importantly, the financial value. The problem with people is they look at the short-term values, not the long-term values. It becomes a real problem when the values are short-term. In other words, they don’t see the forest for the trees. They’re not even looking in the direction of the trees. The other problem is that we use emotional value over all the other values. Some of the values are not even touched. The analysis of decision making is to figure out where a failure can lead to a bigger failure, or a short-term failure can lead to a success down the road.
- Foresight- Remember how important education is to your life goals, not just your short-term goals. The things you don on a short-term basis will have a tremendous impact down the road. If you are looking for a job that requires serious technical knowledge, you want to investigate the power of a bachelor’s degree. There are jobs where, if you make goals for the future in lieu of what is important on an immediate basis, you will find how necessary a bachelor’s degree is in the future.
- Choose Your Battles- The fight now is not necessarily the fight later. Or in other, less violent words, what you see as a challenge now may not be a challenge later in life. You have choices to make and the beauty of a bachelor’s degree is that it gives you more options to take when you have a college education. A good way of looking at this scenario is to see what the job market looks like for what you want to do. Let’s say you want to be a philosopher. That’s not a very strong vocation. But, take the same tools and resources you need to be a philosopher and put that toward education or political science. Achieving your bachelor’s degree is paramount to being marketable in the employment arena.