The Distance Learner

Advice on earning a college degree through distance education

Plan B: Skip College

Distance education is a great alternative to attending a traditional college. For some people, though, choosing not to go to college might be a better route. A lot depends on how we define success. Is it a high paying job? A “secure” job (if that even exists)? A pension or lucrative retirement plan?

We are told again and again that attending college will virtually guarantee that we achieve these definitions of success. But that’s just not true. Internships, apprenticeships, vocational school, and self study are all viable options for entering a rewarding career field without having to finance an expensive college degree, as Jacques Steinberg explains in this New York Times article.

College degrees are simply not necessary for many jobs. Of the 30 jobs projected to grow at the fastest rate over the next decade in the United States, only seven typically require a bachelor’s degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among the top 10 growing job categories, two require college degrees: accounting (a bachelor’s) and postsecondary teachers (a doctorate). But this growth is expected to be dwarfed by the need for registered nurses, home health aides, customer service representatives and store clerks. None of those jobs require a bachelor’s degree.

Read the full article at NY Times

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