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These days, it is almost impossible to find a job without a college degree. This is generally true whether you are looking for work at a Fortune 500 company or looking for work as a cashier at a grocery store. Therefore, parents need to do whatever it takes to convince their children that going to college is going to be worth the investment of time and money.

Talk about Earnings

A college education may literally pay off for those who choose to get their degree. On average, those who go to college can make tens of thousands of dollars more over their careers compared to those who only graduated from high school. This is often because high school graduates only have access to entry-level positions while college graduates are considered for professional jobs.

College Teaches You about Life

College is the perfect transition from high school to being a true adult. For the first time in your life, you are exposed to thoughts and ideas that conflict with your own. Unlike a public high school, colleges are generally not bound by state laws or other regulations when it comes to what they teach or how they teach it. Outside of the classroom, you learn what it is like to live by yourself and how to manage your time and money without assistance from anyone else. These are all points that parents should make when talking up the value of going to college.

Online Courses Make Going to School Easier

Some kids feel like it would be better to save up money before going to school. While that may not be a bad idea, the likelihood of enrolling in college decreases after a student has been out of high school for a year or more. Taking criminology courses online can be a great way to help your child get started with his or her education without spending too much money. Alternatively, it may be a good idea to have your child enroll part-time in a community college.

If you have children, it is important that you set them up for success in life. Helping them get a college degree is one way to increase the odds that they do well as an adult. While there may be an upfront cost to getting an advanced education, it can offer an incredible return on that money in the long run.


About the Author: Rachelle Wilber

Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber

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  1. One of the best suggestions (lecture) I shared with my daughter was to get a math tutor before she opted to drop her calc class. Just having a different person explain it made a huge difference. She accepted a full time accounting position with a big 4 last year! Best investment ever! And, we need girls in math and science! She’s the mathlete in our family! xo xo laura

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