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It really depends on the job you plan on going into and the financial assistance you can get along the way. However, schools should stop teaching students that the only way to get a job is to go into college and encourage more skill based training throughout high school
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Some people are not really prepared for the work force right after high school graduation. College (or university, depending what country) provides many access to programs and job training. Granted you might get these things online too. If you get financial aid there is nothing much to lose. If not, you might want to weight and pro and cons. College isn't for everyone, for many it might just be a four year delay before becoming an adult.
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I have been going to a community college as well. So far with the scholarships I have I haven't had to pay a single penny out of my pocket or had to take out student loans yet. I will be transferring to a major university in the next year or two to increase my education in the field I want as a future career. To be honest I've never had the best grades in high school, but even though I know I'm not as smart as most people it doesn't stop me from doing what I want in order to pave a path for my own future. Also the fact that DesuMaiden says that you don't need a degree is false. For a lot of jobs it is mandatory to have one, and while you can learn a thing or too from the internet, there are just some things better off learning in class and can only be taught in a classroom environment. I also have to say while I think it is better for people to get a further education by going to college after high school, I also know that it is not for everyone and that people should decide for themselves what they want for their own future.
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I'm not going to have too much debt after i graduate. I went to community college for a year and go to a public university. I'm going for engineering. One of my teachers one year started of his class by saying we don't need to be in university to gain the knowledge he would teach us. He said that all the books and material he uses can be bought, but college is meant to teach you more quickly and effectively. So i guess you could learn everything from books but it would be hard to find a job without a degree(Unless you want to start your own business). I think it's worth it, but it's different for everybody. I liked community college because i wasn't too sure what i wanted to do after high school and it helped me decide. So i definitely recommend community college for people unsure about what to do.
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Yes but it sucks to pay eveything out of pocket
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"I learned how to do heart surgery by searching on google!"
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As someone who can't self learn very well and requires teaching assistance it is well worth it.
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Well as someone who wants to oneday make there own business and work from home university is my only choice really ....i don't work well with 99% of jobs out there because of my Disability.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_N7MAr98CI

I personally believe that americans are getting ripped off by american universities and should come to Europe to study. I'd suggest Scotland but I acknowledge that I'm biased.

University is about getting things on your CV that say you can do things - not just about learning how to do them. Minus the art and the equipment, I'd say that all I learned last year was self learned - however I did get a grade and by the end of it I will have a qualification. That qualification has gotten people I know jobs immidiatley after they signed up for them. They may not be the jobs they've always wanted (one of the best game dev courses got a guy a non-games programming job straight after signing up) but the quality of a name goes far.

If you want to learn then yes, you can do that by yourself. However, if you want people to know that you have learned more than others then you need university.

I'd also say that university is an experience. I actually think that this past year has probably actually been the best year of my life so far. I have met people I trust and people with a wide range of skills. I've gone to parties despite being a socially awkward mess and still had a good time without downing a single drop of alcohol. I've met people with a huge variety of opinions yet we all respect each other's opinons. University isn't just about grades - it's probably going to be one of the best times of your life.
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depends what course you're getting. don't tell me fine arts
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Posted 8/23/15
My advice. Start at a community college. Get your AA. Take as many classes there as you can. Transfer to some bad ass university and spend like a semester or two to get a rad bachelor's degree. Then find a job that will pay for your master's degree. That's how you work and win the system.
Me? I did the opposite of this. (Mind you, I go to a bad ass school....but I started out at a bad ass school. Transferred to another bad ass school without obtaining an AA...switched my major my senior year and did a 180. Don't do what I did.)

But education is important. A bad ass school is important.
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It depends, if you know exactly what you want to be and it requires you to go to Uni, then do it...but work hard or you will have a shit grade and be £10,000 in debt, and can't find a job. Most young people just go to Uni for the social life, the partying, the sex, whatever...and forget it's actually a degree and you have to work pretty damn hard to get anywhere.

If you have no idea what you want to do, DO NOT go to University. You're better off just going travelling, finding yourself, and coming home with a better idea of what you want to be. You can even try turning your hobby into a job or a business.
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Posted 8/23/15
The way people always end up in debt no.
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I had a college professor that told me once that all a degree shows to potential employers is the amount of crap you're willing to go through for something.

I agree with this 100% and it is perhaps the number 1 lesson I took away from college.

If you want a stable career and you don't have a criminal history, might I suggest working for the federal government? Once you have tenure (about 3 years in most fields), short of you committing a crime, it'll take an act of congress to fire you is worth it's weight in gold. You can get a BA or BS in anything.

Otherwise. If o had to do it all over again, I'd learn a trade and become an electrician or something. The toilet will always need unplugging and people will always need an electrician to aid them when their appliances don't work.
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Posted 8/23/15

PruBenAzul wrote:

My advice. Start at a community college. Get your AA. Take as many classes there as you can. Transfer to some bad ass university and spend like a semester or two to get a rad bachelor's degree. Then find a job that will pay for your master's degree. That's how you work and win the system.
Me? I did the opposite of this. (Mind you, I go to a bad ass school....but I started out at a bad ass school. Transferred to another bad ass school without obtaining an AA...switched my major my senior year and did a 180. Don't do what I did.)

But education is important. A bad ass school is important.


Sounds about right. Although, I don't think a top, expensive university is really necessary if you're getting good job experience already. My first job I got was based on only a couple Computer Science classes I had taken, so it's possible to get employed before finishing college. Which is a pretty good idea to avoid debt. Not that I had to worry about such things with my parents paying, but I imagine most people do.
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