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Date: Apr 24 2004
Major: Business - Management and Administration (This Major's Salary over time)
I've found that unless you are going into a specialized field (medical, law, engineering, etc.), obtaining a college education gives you 3 benefits. First, it opens up opportunities for interviews with companies and for job positions. The second and third benefits I have found to be tied for the most important and should be viewed as such with how you approach planning your college career. The second benefit referred to is improving your ability to learn. It's been my experience that most individuals will not stay in their field forever (once again, this does not apply to specialized fields), therefore, it then becomes critical for an individual to use their ability to learn new roles and responsibilities. With the current job market (employers market) being what it is, this might prove to be critical for not just finding new opportunities within the job market, but for finding career advancement opportunities within an organization which might be limited with what your degree was in. The third benefit that should not be taken lightly, but also should not be abused is an individuals social education. Social skills will help you create relationships in your career. This can become critical when new advancement opportunities present themselves. Remember, after a few years, companies don't look at a person's grade point average. Instead, they look at job experience, do they have a degree, and will they be a good fit for a company. Finally, as cliche as it sounds, a lot of opportunities are created by "who you know", not what you know. So don't overlook that social education and look to build relationships whenever you can.
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