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College Education is not worth the Investment
Tough economic times always oblige people to come up with measures that can
effectively overcome impending problems. In the past and present, education has been one of the
leading interventions to empower the populace to ensure it can effectively deal with social and
economic challenges. As a result, the world has seen massive investment in college education. In
spite of that, and going by the current statistics in employment patterns and graduation rates, it is
justified to deduce that college education is not worth time, effort, and money. As a result, it is
better for people to invest in other ways and leave it for the ones who critically require going
through the process.
Firstly, the primary goal that makes people join college is to secure employment after
completion. In fact, it should be instant considering that they could have been doing other
activities as they were learning. Unfortunately, the current job environment is not absorbing
college graduates at the desired rates: the absorption is critically low. The acquisition of a college
degree is no longer valuable. Indeed, with half of the graduates in their early 20s still
unemployed, the reason for going through college education diminishes day by day. The current
job market depicts a scenario where going through college is no longer a critical requirement
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(Selingo 3-4). In such a case, people can still excel without the college hustle that does not
guarantee employment after numerous challenges.
Apart from the note that the cumbersome process doesn’t guarantee immediate
employment, the second issue that justifies the irrelevancy of the college education is its poor
returns. At times, it may also not give any returns at all. In the present day, the cost of going
through college education is incredibly high. In fact, it creates much stress to one’s family as the
requirements keep on increasing and students’ loans cannot meet many of them. Worse, the
returns aren’t comparable since the cost of learning keeps soaring as the returns for a college
diploma worsens (Barone 4). More so, even after securing employment, a person can take a lot
of time before recovering the amount spent on schools fees and other resources or also fail to
recover at all as wage rates decline.
Thirdly, graduation issues also make a college education an investment to reconsider.
Time is a valuable resource that requires wise spending. Today, there is no guarantee of
graduating at the expected period bearing in mind that it is only about 35% who earn their degree
in four years. The rest wait for somewhat longer due to different issues that the systems fail to
rescue at times. It is no doubt stressing. In such a case, the ones with loans incur much more debt
(Paquette 13-15). Regarding that, the situation only favors the ones who graduate on time.
In summation, a college degree should be a gateway to a better life. It is something that a
graduate should readily cash in. Unfortunately, it is not reciprocating the time, effort, and money
that someone sacrifices to acquire it. With graduation issues being rampant, job market
unfavorable, and the cost being higher than its returns, it is justified to conclude that investing in
a college degree is not worth it. People should reconsider other alternatives worth the investment.
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Works Cited
Barone, Michael. Numbers say college isn't worth it. Daily Herald, 2017.
Paquette, Danielle. Why college isn’t always worth it. The Washington Post, 2015.
Selingo, Jeffrey J. Is college worth the cost? Many recent graduates don’t think so. The
Washington Post, 2015.

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