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Imagine that you're about to dedicate the next two to four years to pursue a college degree.  You spend the time looking for a school, deciding on a major, and thinking out the costs involved in obtaining that college degree. But have you spent the time considering just what a college degree means?

What does a college degree meanMost jobs that you apply for will not ask to see your certificate or diploma. Most of your friends and relatives will not think of you more or less if you do or don't have a college degree. Degrees were once thought of as something obtained by the elite, and yet today, more and more people seem to have college degrees and even graduate degrees.

So why should you pursue a college a degree?

 Training

A degree is first and foremost necessary for specific training in an area that will be beneficial for finding a career. Many careers such as medical training, nursing, computer technology, and many business positions require their candidates to have Bachelors or even Masters Degrees.  This ensures the employer that the candidate will have the sufficient training to do the job adequately.

Training takes time and desire. When you set out on a two or four year degree in a subject, the only way that you are going to accomplish this training is out of a passion or desire you have for the subject.  With desire, you will be willing to take the time and learn the skills to develop the skill set necessary to perform the duties of the job you are searching for. 

Proves Endurance and Dedication

Although an employer may never ask for a copy of your diploma, he or she will always weigh carefully the college experience that you have.  A college degree tells an employer that you are dedicated to a task, that you are willing to endure years of training, and that you are someone who will finish what you started.  These are important character traits that employers look for in candidates.

More Competition Means More Training

It seems today that everyone has some sort of degree, and with that it seems that there is more and more competition for higher level jobs. Rather than letting that be a discouraging factor, you should consider that as an encouragement. "If other people can obtain college degrees, what can't I?"

When more people are competing in an area, chances are that some will be left in the dust. There are many people with college degrees who are working at a low-end job to pay the bills, and they are not making use of their training.  However that story doesn't have to be yours. Follow your interests, dedicate yourself to being great at that one little area, and the rest will fall into place.

For instance, imagine you had a passion to help people in the medical field, and you go to school for several years to become a nurse. During that time you volunteer at places or missions to offer your services as an assistant, because of your desire.  One day you will get that degree, and finally hold it in your hands.  When you look at it, what will it mean? It will represent years of hard work, very little income, struggles, and good times as well. When you take that degree and add to it passion and a genuine desire to help others, nearly any hospital would be glad to have you.  And if not, you'll have the opportunity to use your training in other ways in the future.

The Value of a College Degree

Many times, specific employers will spend resources, money, and time to retrain a college graduate to comply with their own standards. Often times they will only take a graduate who has a degree, because they know that they have the ability to follow through, they are trainable, and they will do what is expected of them.

The value of a college degree does not come from the paper it is written on, nor does it come from the line on the resume that says "college graduate." The value of a college degree comes from the training and the commitment that was invested to obtain it.

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