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Seven Reasons Why a College Degree Is Still Worth It

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Posted on June 8, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

Getting a college degree unlocks the door to hundreds of career opportunities, but climbing tuition costs, student loans and a competitive job market leave many people asking whether higher education is still worth the investment.

Going to college is a huge decision and may not be for everyone, but getting a degree lets you pursue your passions, explore different career paths and realize your full potential. 

If you’re thinking about college, here are seven reasons you should pursue your degree:

1.      Learn Critical Thinking Skills

Going to college isn’t just about the degree. It’s also an opportunity to learn complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis skills. Critical thinking is an essential, powerful tool that you’ll take with you throughout your life. College is a great way to hone these skills.

2.      Opportunities for Career Growth

Higher education is a huge investment—both of time and money—but college graduates earn more throughout their careers than non-college graduates. Graduates also have more flexibility, opportunities for promotion and job openings available throughout their careers.

3.      Increased Job Security

Having a post-secondary degree also increases your value to employers. In fact, during recessions, college graduates are less susceptible to layoffs than non-college graduates. In the long run, going to college can lead to a career with greater security and opportunity for growth.

4.      You’re Always Marketable

When the economy fluctuates, your college degree becomes increasingly important. The job market is competitive, but your college degree can help you stand out. Additionally, your employment after college open the doors to more opportunities down the road, which in turn, increases your marketability.

5.      Forge Connections That Last a Lifetime

Your degree might be a piece of paper, but with it comes with an invaluable network of professors, advisors and alumni. When you need a recommendation letter, a reference for a job or admission to graduate school, these resources can make all the difference.
 

6.      Explore Professional and Personal Passions
Some people go to college to pursue a specific field, like business or law. Others arrive on campus with no idea what they want to do, and that’s okay. Going to college is an opportunity to discover yourself and find passions you didn’t realize you were interested in. 

Through classes or extracurricular activities, you could discover an interest in journalism, medicine or agriculture. Maybe through an internship you find out that you enjoy sales and marketing. 

Whatever it is, college is your chance to explore your interests and find a career you love.

7.      Investing in Your Future

Getting your degree prepares you for a rewarding career and a bright, successful future.  No matter what your interests are, there’s a program out there that’s right for you. Going to college requires a lot of hard work, but it pays off in the end. 

Delaware Valley University is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and offers more than 25 undergraduate majors. To learn more about DelVal, visit our website or contact us.