What is the essence of a diploma?
So let me tell you, if you work really hard at school and you make it through all four years, you get to walk that stage with a piece of paper in your hand.
Your parents are going to be in the audience and they are going to be clapping partly out of happiness but also partly out of relief. You have to understand that paying for a college education is no joke. The typical private school college education in the United States is getting closer to $200,000 a year. That’s a whole lot of money in the US and it’s even a bigger pile of cash for parents abroad sending their kids to US institutions.
Now, this begs the basic question: Is the diploma really worth it considering the huge amount of time, effort and money involved? While there are two schools of thought on this, the first school of thought is more prevailing that the idea, of course, is that you made a diploma to get a job. And there are statistics to back this up. According to the recent economic downturn in 2008. Your chances of recovering quickly from that great financial crash will turn on whether you have a college diploma or not because the unemployment rate for people with a college degree is several times lower than people who only have high school degree or no diploma at all. This is the stock answer. Supposedly it adds some layer of security. You can at least rely on the fact that if you have the college diploma you’re exactly not going to hit rock bottom. The other school of thought and this is the one that I agree with, argues that the diploma is just an indicator of a person’s habits.
And just like any other indicator, you can switch indicators. You can swap among them. You’re not necessarily stock with only one. So what exactly does a diploma proves? Well, if you have the diploma it shows that you can show up, add a class regularly enough. It also means that you can stick with a certain structure long enough for you to get the reward. Third, it also means that you have been subjected to enough reading, writing and critical thinking so that at the very least you have some basic reasoning ability. Sounds good so far? Well, the problem is, after this? There are really not that many benefits. It really all boils down to the person’s attitude.
With everything else being equal, it probably would be a better use of your time to focus instead on developing the right attitude, being more mindful on the skillsets that you’re picking up so you can plan your career better. Believe it or not, a lot of the big corporations in the United States and elsewhere are actually either own out hide or managed by people with no college degrees. I’m not saying that this is the rule but there are enough examples of this. To make you what to question the ruling orthodox is that you have to go to college rack up a tremendous amount of student debt only to basically be hit by several years of low paying jobs until you get enough experience. Why not cut the chess. Why not cut out the middle man.