The value of a bachelor’s degree—why bother!?
There are many reasons why you might want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but three are compelling:
- You will gain knowledge, confidence, and skills that will help you understand and engage in the world of ideas and their applications.
- Your quality of life will likely improve.
- You will earn an important credential that shows the world that, among other things, you can master difficult concepts, communicate effectively, and think critically and creatively.
Engage in the world and get the most out of your life!
Studies show that people with bachelor’s degrees enjoy more benefits than those without. For example, studies have shown that one is likely to be:
- Healthier with a better quality of life
- More involved in meaningful leisure activities
- More cultured
- Better informed and a more active citizen
- More rational, open-minded, and able to think critically
- More consistent
- Less authoritarian
- More optimistic
Enjoy your work and make a difference!
Many job postings include the phrase: “The successful applicant must hold a bachelor's degree.” Completing a bachelor’s degree program significantly improves one’s career prospects. Employers are likely to prefer people with degrees over those without, and employers are more likely to promote people when they have degrees. Many studies indicate that degree holders earn significantly more than people who do not have a degree. “In general, earnings rise with more education; males with a bachelor's degree earn on average $8,300 more per year than those with a college diploma, while the corresponding figure for females is $8,700.”
With a bachelor’s degree, one is:
- More likely to obtain work
- More likely to be promoted
- More likely to be better paid
- More mobile
- Better able to adapt to change
- More likely to find work fulfilling
Understanding the theory behind what we do makes us better able to understand and adapt to or encourage change. Better prospects translate into ability to change jobs, take on new responsibilities, and grow in the workplace.