The Pros and Cons To Not Having A Bachelor's Degree

by - Friday, August 31, 2018

If you're around my age, you'll hear your parents pressuring you to get a bachelor's degree in college. There's nothing wrong with going to school to further your education, but it's kind of a minefield when it comes to job searching if you don't have a degree, and even if you have one, there's no guarantee you'll get a job. Nonetheless, here are five pros and cons of not having a bachelor's degree

The Cons
Harder to find a "good" job
Unfortunately, most jobs have it in their requirements to have a bachelor's degree of some kind. Sometimes it doesn't matter, sometimes it has to be related to their field. To get a "good" (aka working 9-5 in an office in the tallest building downtown) job, it more often than not requires four years of blood, sweat, and tears in school or university.

"Why didn't you go to college?"
You know that question your mom's second cousin asks or your aunt's third cousin? You'll get that a lot if you choose not to go to higher education, and more likely than not, it'll lead to disappointed looks among your relatives.

Less chance of networking
Universities are a great source of network sources if you're looking for a career, but if you haven't gone to university, you will have to resort to using friends and family as references on your resume, and it can be quite difficult if you're like me and don't live anywhere near your family or friends.

The pros
Certificate programs
Luckily, if you don't want to go through four years of grueling debt and studying, there are certificate programs that you can enroll in, which are significantly cheaper than a degree and it will also give you a skill and a certificate to put on your resume.

Start your own business
There are a lot of people who dropped out of college and started their own business (don't we all wish we could be the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg?). It's very rare that someone will get up to Apple or Facebook levels of success, but it is very possible to be successful in setting up your own business.

No wasted money
I've heard horror stories of people spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for that fancy Ph.D., but they end up working at Starbucks. It doesn't happen to everyone, but if you don't know what you want to study in college, it's better to not go because you'll end up wasting your money on a degree you hate.

Fewer employers are asking for a degree
Employers might still ask for a trip to Isengard to rescue the One Ring from Sauron (aka ten years of experience in something that's only existed for a few years), but they are asking for more years of experience instead of "Do you have a bachelor's degree?" or even worse "Do you have a bachelor's degree in dog therapy studies?" or whatever they ask for.

Do you have any pros and cons of not having a bachelor's degree?

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