You have a high school diploma and may be wondering if it is really necessary to attend college....if you look at earning comparisons between employees who have earned a college degree vs. those who enter the job market with only a high school diploma in hand the difference is clear. (These numbers are for employment in the United States only - you will have to look at information in your native country to see if the same statistics are true or not.)
Take a look at this graph:
"Hamilton Project research shows that 23- to 25-year-olds with bachelor’s degrees make $12,000 more than high school graduates but by age 50, the gap has grown to $46,500 (Figure 1)"
So is it worth the investment and time to attend college?
"Using average earnings for 18- and 19-year-olds and 20- and 21-year-olds with high school degrees (including those working part-time or not at all), Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney of Brookings’ Hamilton Project calculate an opportunity cost of $54,000 for a four-year degree. In this brief, we take a rather narrow view of the value of a college degree, focusing on the earnings premium. However, there are many non-monetary benefits of schooling which are harder to measure but no less important. Research suggests that additional education improves overall wellbeing by affecting things like job satisfaction, health, marriage, parenting, trust, and social interaction. Additionally, there are social benefits to education, such as reduced crime rates and higher political participation."(Source: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/05/08-should-everyone-go-to-college-owen-sawhill)
What to major in?
What program to major in is important to consider. Of course future earnings are one thing to consider...but equally important is choosing a degree program that matches your interests and passion. Are you a 'numbers person' good at math? Do you prefer to work with people, providing human services that improve understanding of one's mind? Are you a great communicator and want to learn to help others in this area? Do you like to investigate how things work and want to learn how to solve problems by creating more efficient systems? These are just some questions to ask yourself as you try to find what you want to study. The beauty of life however, is that you can study one thing and end up doing something else. Your degree is a stepping stone, not the final step!
Take a look at this article to find what degrees will lead you to a better chance of getting a job: