Getting your degree matters. Don’t let anyone tell you differently!

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By Brady Mathis, Major: Strategic Communications

Degrees still matter. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. According to the Lumina Foundation, people who get their associate’s degree expect to make $500,000 more over a lifetime than those who don’t. These dollar amounts become significantly larger when it comes to bachelor’s degree where the difference in earning potential reaches upwards of a million dollars. Okay so, you won’t make as much money without those credentials. No big deal, right? Wrong.

In a report published in 2014 by Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, 65% of all jobs will require some sort of post-secondary education or training through 2020. Given the fact that this projection is less than a year away, it may be time to look past the fear and anxiety of going back to school and make some solid plans. Whether you’re looking to advance in the job you have now, or you’re ready to start a new occupation, higher education is the answer to accomplishing your career goals.

Drew Lorenz (18′),  an alumnus of Seattle University’s New and Continuing Studies, reiterates this point by saying, “I decided to complete my bachelor’s because I was running into a lot of hurdles. The same hurdle, actually, over and over …you  need a degree, you need a degree, you need a degree; which was very frustrating to hear the same answer over and over again.”

This story is a familiar one for many. Some people have given years of their lives to a job but are unable to advance their careers because they don’t have a degree. Others find themselves in jobs they hate but are unable to venture into different paths because they are busy juggling finances responsibilities.

Jobs that can be attained through receiving a bachelor’s degree are varied but receiving a certificate in a specific program can be of great benefit as well. When it came to receiving her Certificate in Web Development, alumna Megan Otis (18′) said “before even finishing all of the coursework  I had accumulated enough new knowledge and skill to just hit the ground running.”

Whether you’re looking to go back to school and get your degree, or are looking to start something entirely new, higher education is needed to succeed in the world today. Sure, you can think of a dozen reasons why now is not a good time to go back to school but as noted above, there are a million reasons why you should.

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