What's to Gain from Higher Education?
"Don't believe everything your earlobe captures, it's mostly backwards."
As a longtime advocate of higher education, I've seen the model for achieving individual success change so drastically that today, I'd probably advise young people to consider other options before deciding to attend college.
From the lips of almost everyone around me as a teenager - parents, teachers, counselors - I was told that in order to get the lifestyle I wanted, attending college was a no-brainer.
It's been 11 years since graduation. As much as it goes against what I believe, I'm beginning to think that Sonny was right: "The working man is a sucker."
If I could choose again, I'd be an athlete or entertainer, most likely a rapper.
The average salaries of college -educated working people hardly approach the money actors and ball players make in contracts and endorsements. Furthermore, these people are provided all the opportunities I thought getting a degree would allow me. Never mind the plush houses, expensive cars, and lavish vacations. Superficial things have never really turned me on.
I'm talking about real opportunities to make important moves in business and education. The golden ticket to convincing those above the glass ceiling to let you up is not how smart you are or how many degrees you have.
A proven track record is the key.
Folks with money and influence want to know what you have done before they decide to share the wealth. Contrary to what many of us were told, graduating from college is not the best indicator that an individual has what it takes to become successful.
Think about it. Those of us who have degrees, for the most part, wasn't college easy? The hardest part was getting up to go to class. Once you figured out which professors to take and how to avoid that 8 a.m. lab, the rest was cake.
Going to college is the standard route. Most business pioneers tell stories of going the road less traveled and having to struggle a bit because they say it builds character.
Despite my education and work experience it's still difficult to command top dollar or get chances to show what I can do.
If I want to teach high school, they're going to ask me whether I have any advanced certification and do I meet "Highly Qualified" status. In order to be a professor at a community college I need a Master's degree.Continued on the next page