Duke It Out: Leave School For a Job?

[It’s pretty obvious that the average CollegeCandy reader has some very strong opinions. Opinions that she likes to share with everyone on the site. Sometimes with mean words. We love a strong woman (unless she happens to be charging at us with her fists raised), so we thought we’d give her a real forum to discuss her thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Every Friday I’ll be featuring a hot topic (like prepubescent fashion!) and leaving it up to you, the readers, to duke it out. So, read it and get your debate on in the comments section below!]

From basically the time I was in kindergarten, I was ingrained with the understanding that this is how the system works: you go to school, you get good grades, you go to college, you get good grades, and then one day you get a job… so your kids can do it all over again. Aside from the incredible level of depressing involved in that, it was always my inherent understanding that this was the way things would work. Then I got into college and realized that job part wasn’t exactly a guarantee with a degree. Even more disconcertingly, it turns out that sometimes, for some lucky people, it works the other way around – getting offered a job before they’ve even finished college. The question is, is it a good idea to skip ahead a step.

Now, there are many wonderful, important jobs that one can perform without a college degree, I’m not saying that, but over the last couple of years I’ve had a handful of friends who have been given offers to leave school for a job. On one side, it seems like a perfect plan – why spend all of that time and money getting a degree, (the whole point of which is to gain employment), when you can just be employed and maybe actually pay off some of those massive loans? If you can skip the boring class requirements and go right to what you actually want to do with your life, it seems like a no brainer – take the job!

Still, as awesome as the idea seems, there are some problems with it. Sure, for a while you have a job, and that’s great, but what happens if down the line that job doesn’t pan out? What if you realize that the job you thought you wanted isn’t something you really want to spend the rest of your life doing? You don’t have a degree and your only real work experience is in the job you now realize you don’t want. Having a degree doesn’t guarantee you the ability to randomly change jobs whenever you want, but in the modern world, it’s a much better basis with most career fields than not having one. Wouldn’t it be better to stick it out those few more years – after all, if they want you now, there’s got to be a reason; a reason that’s only going to improve as you get more education.

Alright, what’s your vote? If you got offered a job, would you quit school? Would you stick it out and hold on for something better in the future? Which is the smarter way to go? Duke it out!

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