Therefore, many students opt to leave school and start blue-collar jobs in cities and towns. Other students also opt to start their own businesses instead of pursuing degrees in school. Individuals have also been led to believe that college education is a waste of time (Murray, 2007, 1). Therefore, they opt to pursue their own talents such as playing musical instruments, acting or singing. However, studies have shown that although these blue-collar jobs may be well paying, college education is still more beneficial to every individual in the society. Many students believe that attending college is not worth, whereas getting a degree that leads to a good job is essential for success. Thus they are thorn between engaging in blue-collar jobs and attending to their college education so as to earn the essential degrees.
Studies show that although it might have been easy for our grandfathers to make money without attending colleges, nowadays it will be hard and complicated to live without a college degree. With the continuous improvement of technology (Caldwell, 2007, 2), where each day a new type of technology hits the economy, only an educated person can be able to understand the innovations in the current market. Economists also assert that technological improvements in the world lead to a great deal of economic growth. Therefore, with technology, the economy grows at a greater rate as compared to during our grandfathers’ time. And this requires one to have an education equivalent of or higher than the college level in order to tap the economic growth resulting from technological changes.
On the other hand, development of technology also leads to improvement of industries and business organizations in the economy. New ways of doing things have also been derived in the economy such that; only people who have studied are able to work in some areas. This is also supported by the fact that every process and operation in the world today has become digital. Therefore, individuals who do not obtain a college education will not be able to work in the blue-collar jobs since they will be unskilled. Therefore, individuals who leave college will be disadvantaged since they will not be able to work in any sector in the society (Caldwell, 2007, 1). Blue-collar jobs such as electrician jobs, gardening and ironing have also been incorporated with advanced skills and thus, for an individual to secure a job, he or she will require certain specific skills.
In addition, other jobs such as dressmaking have also become advanced due to entry of new designs, and new fabrics. Therefore, this creates a clear difference from the times of our grandfathers when the economy used to stagnate for a long time with very limited and underdeveloped technology. It is for this reason that during those times; individuals would be able to obtain jobs in the society even when they have not obtained a college degree. The economy has become diverse and thus; people need to diversify their skills too to enable them work in different occupations in the society. Individuals who have left college will remain with the same skills and thus; the growth of the economy will not benefit them (Caldwell, 2007, 2). Students should therefore be advised to distinguish the change in life challenges in the past and the current. They should acquire the skills required in the current economy to remain competitive. It is certain that the changes in technology across the world has also brought in significant associated technological changes in almost all the employment opportunities including that previously needed not technological know how. It is evident that only people with college education can benefit from these opportunities in the society.
College education can also be considered as important because it ensures that a person gets a better job with a better salary in future. Although some individuals argue that a person’s future can still be bright even when they do have a college degree, studying is very vital in determining the type of job that an individual gets. Some of the blue-collar jobs that people who quit college get are tiring and uncivilized. For instance, although Lamacchia asserts that leaving college was no loss to him, he had to start cutting grass with a borrowed loan mower in order to make ends meet (Smith, 2007, 3). Thus, although individuals claim that the goal is making money irrespective of the channel a person uses, some methods demand a lot of energy, time and devotion. Therefore, it is clear that if two people are making the same amount in a year, the individual who left college uses a lot of energy than the individual who obtained a college degree. It is for this reason that an advance in education will create a great a disparity among people. To elevate oneself from this economic disparity, one need to have the relevant college education and this can ensure him/her a good job and a better pay
Therefore, students should obtain a college education and get a degree that will make them more marketable in the society. In addition, I also think that people who have obtained college education have higher standards of living than individuals who quit or never went to college. This is because people who have gone to colleges are more diversified, more advanced and more updated with the current issues affecting the world. People with college degrees also live better lifestyles because; they are able to embrace the latest technology and make their lives easier. While people with no college education struggle to do most of their things manually, educated individuals apply the modern technology to hasten their work. I also believe that college education helps a person to interact with the world more than a person who has quit college. This is due to the fact that; a person who has gone through college education will meet many people of different backgrounds who will enlighten him concerning different issues of life. Good lifestyle in the society is therefore a product of good, relevant and marketable college education one has undergone.
While, a person without college education is likely to stagnate with the same theories and principles since he or she has no one to feed him with the new idea about life. In conclusion, it is therefore clear that college education is preferable is indeed important to a person’s life. This is because; with a college degree, an individual can obtain a better job, a bigger salary and even a better lifestyle. The major argument here is that a person with a college degree will be better placed compared to a person without a degree. Therefore, students should be enlightened about the benefits of a college degree in order for them to pursue their carriers without doubts. The dynamic competitive economy will only favor individuals with college degrees who have the knowledge and skills to embrace the new technology. Student doubting or opting for blue-collar jobs at the expense of college is like auctioning ones bright future which is irreversible. Thus it is necessary for them to re-review their decision before it negatively impact on their precious lives.