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The Question (ID Number 536)...

    My dad says he supports my goals and will do whatever he can to help me as long as I finish my education. He means college. He doesn't have a lot of money so I know he wants me to work to help pay for it. He calls it a "plan B." I want to tell him I think a college education is useless for want I want to do but he insists I need one to have advantages he didn't have. I know he means well. What do you think?

    ...and the response:

    Bill Gates is always a good example to use of someone who did pretty well without a college education, though I certainly understand where your father is coming from. If you were only a semester away from getting a college degree, I'd definitely advise you to go ahead and get it (because you'll never regret HAVING a degree but you could conceivably someday regret NOT having one). But spending four years getting a degree that you see no use for is asking a lot (and if you don't have a real college objective, it's very unlikely that you'll actually stick it out). Having a bachelor's degree gives you a definite advantage for entering the white-collar job market, but it's not much use otherwise; the useful degrees are the "professional" degrees--master's degrees, doctoral degrees. You can get a job as a school teacher if you have a bachelor's degree in education, but that's the only profession I can think of where a bachelor's degree is a "professional" degree. Hope this helps some.


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