Is staying in school the best bet?

By Alaya Boykin

You would think that making it half-way through college would be an exciting time for students. However, they are finding themselves already having to make radical decisions when it comes to their future careers.

Students who are rising juniors are knocking on the door to graduation and the
“real world.” With the economy only inching its way back up, entering the job market in the next two years as a professional right out of college may not be realistic.

Should students consider picking up another major and graduating with a dual degree? Going to graduate school may also be a viable option. Could spending more time in school to study something that can complement a career path make students more marketable and employable by the time they graduate?

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8 comments Add your comment

Chas

May 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

Grad school is a good idea but watch out for the pit falls that it may offer. You could find out that you are now “over qualified for the position ” So where are you now ??

Steve

May 25th, 2010
4:35 pm

Additional education is always good; however, don’t fool yourself into thinking it will necessarily guarantee you a higher paying entry level position.

Ron Mexico

May 25th, 2010
4:37 pm

Me thinks the editor or author may need to keep “Studing”… always love the typo’s that are the titles of the article. LOL

loveyouall

May 25th, 2010
4:37 pm

I would love to attend more shcool, get my PHD in religion, philosophy, literature. However, due to cost and just having an authority placed over me who attended Univeristy of Phoenix online….I think I will stay with the ol Masters for now. Harrumph. Pride is an ugly think isn’t it ? ;)
Have a very good day AjC readers. Pay it forward if you can today!

DavidS

May 25th, 2010
5:02 pm

Sure, why not just keep racking up the debt while giving more and more money to an institution that is gouging you on tuition and other expenses while giving you a piece of paper that is becomming less and less useful every day.

Thank goodness for the online revolution so these marble monuments to teacher inadequacy will come crumbling down.

Get out, get a job, be productive and pay your taxes. Obama is paying off all of this friends with your future and you need to begin paying the bills.

Coop C

May 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

Good stuff my Miss Alaya. Although we are told that education is key, we must understand that it is not our pass card into the professional world. It is merely an instrument in our tool box that we need to cultivate and improve on whenever possible. HIU QT7

Spence

May 31st, 2010
10:16 pm

Nice article. Getting an MBA was certainly a wise choice for me. However, I learned more in one year in my “real job” than I did with my MBA.

For new graduates, you’ll definately need an edge and an MBA or higher degree doesn’t hurt. Interning is also vital in setting them apart.

Good post and I look forward to reading more.
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Ironwood

June 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

What matters to an employer is what can you produce? Are you good with people? Do you have a great attitude? We hire for attitude and train for skills. Don’t be like the gal I recently read about that lives in California that has an undergraduate degree from NYU and owes $97,000 in student loans and does not know how she is going to pay them off.