Alternatives To College Research Paper

From the day we’re born most of our parents dream of the day when their sons and daughters graduate from college and become successful. Those dreams eventually become expectations and are constantly drilled into our minds as we become older. So most of us accept the idea that landing a successful job means getting a college degree, when in reality this isn’t true. There are many alternatives to obtaining a successful working career other than by way of obtaining a college degree. I will describe three career paths, other than a college degree, that a person can choose and have a successful career. The first would be the United States Armed Forces, the second would be professional sports, and the third would be attaining on-the-job training and specialized job certifications.

Let’s begin with the United States Armed Forces, which is often criticized and least encouraged by many people of all other career paths. But how many people know that the military has one of the best retirement plans? This is one of the military’s best kept secrets. If a person were to enlist for active duty military service at the age of 18 in any branch of the military, he or she could retire and collect a military pension by the age of 38. Upon retirement you would be entitled to full medical benefits indefinitely; you would also receive a monthly check calculated to 50% of what you grossed monthly at your date of retirement. Upon completing the first term in the military under honorable conditions, you are entitled to a veteran’s loan, towards the purchase of your home. This is a guaranteed loan provided by the government at the lowest interest rate available. And the loan is at your disposal until you decide to use it. But most of the focus is on earning money towards a college.

Professional sports are a second alternative to a successful career. What do Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Shawn Kemp all have in common? All three have become multi-millionaires prior to ever registering for a college course. Kobe Bryant grossed $12,375,000 during the 2002-03 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Garnett grossed 25,200,000 during the 2002-03 season with the Minnesota Timber Wolves and Shawn Kemp grossed $12,620,000 during the 2002-03 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. In this present day and age high school athletes, if good enough, are bypassing college and entering the NBA Draft. Many college basketball players, who have entered the NBA, have done so prior to earning their college degree. And the average salary of a professional basketball player is $4,015,132, far more than that of a doctor or lawyer. To become a doctor you have to earn a medical degree, which requires 10-12 years of college. And to become a lawyer you have to earn a law degree, which requires 3-4 years of college in addition to a bachelor’s degree. There are many arguments made about the amount of money NBA players make or what any professional athlete makes. Some people argue that no eighteen-year old kid has any right to make such huge sums of money without having to do a day of college. But ask those same people, if they had enough athletic talent and were presented with the same opportunity, if they would take the money down or go to college instead?

There is an increase of great new jobs that stem from the rapid growth of the technology industry and four-year bachelor degrees aren’t required to fill these ever-growing technological jobs. The skills required for these jobs can be obtained by way of work related courses and programs. For instance, if you’d like to earn a living in computer networking, there are many programs designed for certifying a person in computer networking. There are also programs designed to help a person in becoming a certified computer programmer. Today most automobiles are computer integrated and rely on computers in order to operate properly. “Auto mechanics skilled in computer diagnostics can command annual salaries ranging from $30,000 to $75,000”. Companies and businesses are constantly searching for new ideas and ways of improving their services. With this comes the demand for rapid improvement in technology with the end result being new jobs and new training. “Many of the fastest-growing jobs-factory technician, data processor-don’t require a college degree. But as formal credentials become less essential, up-to-date skills become ever more crucial even in jobs where the unskilled could formerly thrive”.

Most job requirements state that you should have a four-year bachelors degree or the equivalent experience and/or skills, as a requirement. A college degree isn’t a necessary requirement in attaining a quality, good paying job any longer. There are other alternatives to achieving a successful and fulfilling career. “Every American can develop the skill to make it in the new economy. The winners won’t be limited to college graduates”.


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