JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (SCPDA)— Decisions for colleges have been coming out since December 2011 and seniors are finalizing their college choices, looking for scholarships, and preparing for the inevitable departure. Although, it is highly encouraged to attend a post-secondary school after graduation, that may not be most beneficial for everyone. Their are plenty of other options such as: the military, going straight into the workforce, or taking a year off in order to travel, find yourself, or mature a little more. But after a while, under anyone of these alternatives, one will find themselves seeking some type of higher learning.
It is true that earning a college degree does increase the amount of opportunities and the amount of money a person will make in their lifetime as apposed to a high school graduate or high school drop-out; the problem is, not everyone is cut out for college. This may be caused by a lacking in drive, lacking the intelligence, not being able to afford college, or not knowing what career path is the right one. It is no longer viable to attend college without these because until that person develops the determination and the specific career, then they are wasting time and money.
The military is fine alternative to attending college. While under any branch a person is guaranteed a job for at least four years and is taught lifelong skills as well as discipline. If they feel that college is still an option for them the G.I Bill allows them to take classes while still in the military or after their required time spent in the service is up. The military allows someone to serve there country and find careers under the wide umbrella of jobs that they have to offer.
Entering into the workforce right after graduation is a path some people will choose and for some time they will be able to make a decent living, but eventually they will want to climb up the corporate ladder in order to make more cash, get better hours, and obtain better benefits. They will be forced to either keep their mediocre position and everything that came with or get a college degree to be qualified for better job spots.
Unfortunately, in the competitive 21st century world, those who are not cut out for higher learning will later in their life have to achieve certificates or degrees in order to get a better standard of living.