The college path is not for everyone

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The college path is not for everyone

Evan Myers, staff writer

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Receiving a bachelor’s degree is not necessarily required to be successful in life, and many people can change the world or earn a higher salary if they do not go to college. 

While going to college can be helpful in the long run, and is the right choice for many people, according to the United States Department of Education nearly 70 percent of students who attended schools with open admission policies, failed to receive their bachelor’s degree within six years.

For higher paying jobs, there are careers that do not require a college degree. For example, careers in the military, police, or fire department are possible without receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Some famous people who did not go to college, but did well for themselves, include Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg, and Rachel Ray. This does not mean that that the possibility of success becomes higher, but it is still certainly possible. The work ethic of those people are arguably far beyond those of their peers, they were determined to make a name for themselves, and that is why they were able to succeed without a degree from a college.  

There are many ways to be financially successful without a college education. For example, acquiring knowledge through self-exploration on the internet and gaining experience from internships or alternative education options, such as trade school, can help people expand their skill portfolio. Learning in-demand skills, which the majority of employers desire, will improve how employers see job candidates. Some of these skills can be as simple as showing ability to communicate, willingness to work with others, and expressing thoughts clearly. The most important thing is to never give up on pursuing a dream. 

Even though statistics show people who attain a degree tend to have better job security and stay ahead of the unemployment curve, that option does not suit everyone, and if everyone in life is destined to follow the same path while working the same nine to five job, there will be no variation in ideas, creativity, or business style.

The Center for American Entrepreneurship says that entrepreneurship increases productivity, innovation, and it creates jobs for others.

In the United States, one of the most impactful ways to contribute to the economy is as an entrepreneur. Beginning with a sole proprietorship, working up to a partnership, and eventually franchising the companies ideas to expand their capital and increase their overall growth has created business moguls who did not go to college like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Dell.

Individuals need to discover their passions, and if it requires a college education or not. 

A college education can give graduates a better opportunity to find the job they need, but not the job they want. One example of this is with dentistry, to become a dentist, it is necessary to complete four years of college in order to earn a bachelor’s degree, pass the Dental Admissions Test, study four more years to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine title, and then obtain a license from the state board of dentistry in order to practice. In the United States National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health it has been concluded that the stress and workload dentists undergo contribute to anxiety disorders and clinical depression. Even though making a median annual salary of $160,000 seems great, all that money cannot fix a serious decline in someone’s mental state.

College is not necessary for success, if someone is passionate about what they do, they can still be successful. People who do not see college as a favorable option, still have many opportunities in other industries, but it is important to be cautious of the risks that come with the pursuit of happiness and creating the reality that most people dream of.

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