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How A Bachelor Degree Can Improve Your Job Prospects

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The Bachelor degree is the starting point for succeeding in higher education and it is one of the most important steps that a person can take for a variety of important careers.

 

People With Bachelor Degrees Have Lower Unemployment. According to the US Department of Labor, a person with a Bachelor degree makes approximately twice as much as a high school graduate.  Again according to the US Department of Labor, in 2016 and 2017 YTD, a high school graduate averages an unemployment rate a little over 5% and a bachelor degree graduate has a 2.5% unemployment rate.  There are exceptions, but most workers with a Bachelor degree make twice as much as a person with a high school degree and have a drastically lower rate of unemployment.

 

Most Companies View A Bachelor Degree As A Requirement To Enter Management. The vast majority of both public and private companies and businesses see a bachelor degree as a minimum requirement to enter into the ranks of management.  Naturally, industry experience, leadership skills, project management, and financial acumen are all a requirement to be a manager.  A bachelor degree allows workers with the industry and company experience to enter the ranks of management.

 

A Bachelor Degree Creates A Professional Foundation To Learn New Concepts. One of the greatest benefits of any Bachelor degree from any field of study is that it creates a person that learns how to learn, one of the most critical skills to be successful in any field from business to healthcare to technology.  The rate of change in the professional world is so fast today that the ability to understand that you do not understand everything, to conduct your own research and learning, and then to apply what you have learned is critical.  A Bachelor degree significantly helps this ability to learn new concepts.

 

The Top Emerging Professions In The United States Require Bachelor Degrees. According to the US Department Of Labor, these are the top positions and the projected growth in jobs between 2014 to 2024. 

They include: Registered Nurses, General and Operational Managers, Accountants and Auditors. Check out the list here: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t06.htm

 

The Post 9/11 GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance Reduces the Financial Barriers to Higher Education. For active military and military veterans, the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) programs offer the ability to complete a degree with only a minimum or no student debt.  These programs are incredible resources to obtain a Bachelor degree.  Students who have access to these programs should ensure that they chose the best higher education institution in terms of retention rates, graduation rates, high student loan payback rates, and low tuition.  Don’t pick your school based on how easy it is to access or what your friends say.  Chose a school on what it will deliver to you and prove it with numbers, not the word of an enrollment counselor.

 

A Bachelor Degree Is Not The Only Way To Succeed. If you decide that a degree is not for you for whatever reason – fine.  Look for growing, stable, and highly paid professions either as part of a labor union, construction, technology, or other entrepreneurial endeavors where you can have a high impact, personal reward, and a good paycheck. 

 

A bachelor degree is one indicator of success. Obtaining your bachelor degree from an academic institution with strong academic outcomes, high graduation rates, and low student debt will ensure that you have the degree, passion, and purpose to drive your career to the next level.

 

Share Some Of Your Recommendations How a Degree Helped Your Career Goals.

 

Other Articles of Interest:

  1. How to Help a Young Person Choose a College
  2. How To Make Good Choices In Higher Education For Military Affiliated Students
  3. Six Tips for Finding a Value College to Complete Your College Degree

 

Author Bio: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 230 articles in over 110 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics.  Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better.  Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at Creighton University.  Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University.  Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and www.CombatToCorporate.com.

 

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