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The Pros and Cons of Going Back to School


In the past, we discussed the advantages of going back to school in order to boost your chances of landing Portland jobs. While we very much still stand by what we said in that article, going to (or back) to school isn’t a decision to be made lightly. There are many important factors (not the least of which is cost) you need to take into account before deciding if higher education is worth your time and money. So here are two pros and two cons of going to college:

1. Con: school is expensive Lets just get the most obvious one out of the way first; how much you spend on college will vary wildly and depend entirely on where you go to school and how long you are enrolled there, but it is generally an expensive endeavor that requires a great deal of saving up. Higher education is getting more expensive, and student loans (which can take years to pay off) are becoming more prevalent. Know the limits of your finances before making your decision, and use resources like CollegeSavings.org’s College Cost Calculator to give you an idea of how much you will need to spend.

2. Pro: Increased marketability Degrees look very attractive on resumes and open doors to many employment opportunities. Many well-paying career orientated jobs require college degrees. Your earning power gets boosted as well. Eduardo Porter of The New York Times reports that “a typical graduate from a four-year college earns 84 percent more than a high school graduate.”

3. Con: The time commitment The other resource that college eats up is time. Getting a bachelor’s degree requires at least four years and in many cases can take even longer than that, as varying course availability and other commitments sometimes keep students in school for four and a half or five years. Think hard on whether your schedule can handle the demands of being a full-time student.

4. Pro: You will have more options In addition to being more marketable, you are also more useful in a sense. Degrees can lead to many different possibilities and can be molded into different careers. Do with it as you see fit.

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