Higher Education is Your Own Durable Asset

Higher Education is Your Own Durable Asset

Education evolved as a human necessity, not a toy or a luxury.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.--- Aristotle

The price of studying for years is high, both in terms of time and cost and effort. But the results are powerful, and durable— they last.

Education increases the odds of survival, and it always has. The more you know, the better your chances, no matter what scenario— survival in the wilderness, at sea, or job survival, when searching for a job, or keeping the one you already have.

Not only does a degree empower you to work, but it also gives you the choice of the type of work. When you choose the field of your degree study, you in effect determine your own personal walk of life.

And here’s another inescapable fact— jobs requiring high levels of education (and skill) earn much more than jobs with less skills and less education. Jobs requiring higher education offer more stability, and that is yet another fact.

Statistics from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) clearly show that the unemployment rate— among people who have a professional degree— is significantly lower than workers with a high school diploma.

Worried about the years you’d need to invest, to get that degree? Salaries increase radically as your level of education rises. Those years getting the degree will pay you back as long as you live.

Among men, high school dropouts earn wages of about ONE-THIRD the earnings of college graduates! Long-term studies all show this.

Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by education

The U.S. Census Bureau has released data proving the substantial value of a college education in the United States. Workers 18 and over with bachelors degrees earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915.

But wait, there’s more. Workers with an advanced degree make an average of $74,602, and those without a high school diploma average $18,734.

At all levels of education, women’s earnings have risen more than men’s, on average. This is partly due to a rising equality of wages, but also to the fact that more women may be earning their degrees in higher education. Earnings for women with college degrees have increased steadily.

Still don’t believe me? Go to any of the big job search engines… Monster.com, whatever… take a look…

“Education level— High School, 2 Year Degree, 4 Year Degree, Graduate Degree … Search Degrees… Select Your Degree, Art and Design Degrees, Business Degrees …Chemistry degree, Design degree…”

The job list goes on and on, searching by degree. Because the degree is the gold standard of job-hunting.

If getting a degree were easy, everybody would have one. Make that fact work for you. Put in the effort that others may avoid, invest the time, the cost, and get your degree.

Equip yourself for a lifelong advantage in survival.

Create your own personal durable asset— a foundation of higher knowledge, an asset you can continually enhance and replenish, with continuing education.

Decide the field of your choice. And go acquire the degree that will empower you, for a satisfying and profitable life of work, of your choice!

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