Do You Really Need a College Degree?

December 30, 2011

College classroom with diverse students My clients ask me this all the time, “Do I really need a college education to succeed?” The short answer is YES.  Not that you won’t succeed without one, but in a struggling economy and a tight job market, what better way to make yourself stand out from the rest of the pack?

There are a lot of variables to think about when considering college. How will you find the time? How will you pay for it? What if you don’t have four years to devote to school?

Well, you’re in luck!  Not everyone is a traditional student, so why would you look for a traditional college?  Many people are discovering the advantages of career colleges. Career colleges offer many one-year and two-year programs to get you on your feet and moving in the right direction fast.

 One of the fastest growing fields is healthcare.  Career colleges are offering courses right now in your area such as medical assisting, medical office administration, and medical billing and coding, just to name a few.  A Certified Nursing Assistant is another in-demand position and most of the programs only take 4-6 weeks!

Career colleges tend to be more flexible and understanding of the needs of the student as well. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd of a big university, but if you need that little extra care of one on one attention, a smaller class size, or even tutoring, a career college can offer that for you. There are also financial aid officers to help you with all of your financial needs from tuition to books and supplies.

So what are you waiting for?  Make yourself stand out!  A college degree is not as hard to come by as you might think.  Use the Internet to research the types of schools that may be of interest to you and speak to someone who graduate from a specific college.  Ask them about their experience.  Then, go and speak to an admissions representative today from the career college of your choice to see what they have to offer. You might be pleasantly surprised!

AJ Helms
Career Counselor
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.