Our youngest child graduated from college this past weekend bringing much joy to our family. He goes out looking for a job in an economy that offers many challenges. Yet we are hopeful because he does have that bachelor's degree, and it is in engineering, a field that has survived the recession more so than many others.
Our family has sacrificed to help put our four children through college, but we feel it is worth it. Statistics show that having a college degree still makes a major difference in job opportunities. It does not guarantee a good life, but it opens the door to many possibilities that would not be there without the degree. We feel this is an important step for our son.
It takes self-discipline and commitment to complete a degree. Further training may be needed, but employers know the job candidate can handle it and benefit from it. Life-long learning is not just a phrase anymore, but a fact of life in the workplace.
We are proud of our son for all his hard work and determination. We wish him well in his journey in life. He still will have to work hard at finding a job, but he has the skills to do so. That gives his dad and me great confidence.
There are many avenues to a college degree, and I encourage anyone with the desire for a college education to investigate all the possibilities, including community college, the military, and co-op work/study programs at colleges. Many employers will pay for some of your costs of education as well. You are never too old to keep learning. Indeed, many think that your brain starts to deteriorate the day you stop trying to learn something new.
As our family celebrates a milestone, I'm hoping that you will consider the many ways to further your education or that of a young person you know. No one can take your education away from you, no matter what else happens.