Can You Afford to Skip College?

Can You Afford to Skip College?
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    The tough economy has some students rethinking whether they should attend college with some dropping out of school in pursuit of work.

    However, not pursuing a higher education degree may have far reaching consequences as revealed in a recent Associated Press-Viacom poll.


Specifically, that poll has revealed that people in the 18-24 age group are having difficulty finding work with only one-third working full-time. That compares to two-thirds of recent college graduates who are employed full-time.

Not surprisingly, the reason most young people give for not going to college is cost. They expect to eventually pursue college credits, but money is the obstacle keeping them from doing so right now.

Employment Troubles

Students who have a high school education or less are also likely finding it difficult to obtain part time employment. The survey reveals that less than one-quarter of young people who are unable to find full-time work have part-time work.

The key for today’s workers is to possess some sort of training beyond high school. College is, of course, one option but training programs through specialized schools offering programs in hair design, computer applications, truck driving and other areas are options too. Such programs can be as short as a few weeks to a year or more. Private schools and government funded community colleges are two options for students who may not want to pursue a four-year degree. At most two-year colleges, credits may eventually be transferrable to a four-year school, an option students might want to keep open.

OTJ Training

Some young people may be under the impression that they can find a job and work their way up through the organization, relying on the company to provide on-the-job training. These days many companies simply do not want that expense and are expecting new employees to be prepared to take on a variety of tasks and responsibilities from the start reports “The Argus Leader” of Sioux Falls, S.D.

The AP-Viacom survey asked unemployed young people if they believe they were prepared for life after high school. About 6 in 10 felt that their high school provided fair or poor training to help them prepare for work. Three-quarters of these people said that they live from week to week with not enough money coming in to support themselves. Thus, most live with their families, in homes where the total income is below $50,000 or too low to support their higher education aspirations.


The Argus Leader; Economy Tougher on Those Who Forgo College; April 22, 2011

AP-Viacom; The AP-Viacom Survey of Youth on Education; March 2011


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