Choosing the right college – or choosing to not go to college at all – comes with enormous amounts of pressure. This monumental decision rests squarely on the shoulder of 16 and 17-year-old kids. The same unhappy teens that are eating Tide Pods on purpose.
Many kids go to school because they think they have to or because they don’t know what the hell else to do with their lives. This research from Degree Query shows that 30% of students around the world attend a four-year college because “they think it’s the natural progression after high school” and 23% go because they think “it’s what’s expected from them.”
Those aren’t the best reasons to make any life choice, especially one that could put a person in debt until the day they die.
There are other options after high school. Trade schools and community colleges are solid choices for the kid that just doesn’t know what the hell he or she wants to do in life.
If you’re absolutely sure you want to be a doctor, lawyer or pursue a profession that requires four (or more) years of higher learning, go all in. If you’re on the fence, check out this helpful chart explaining the differences between all three options.
Hopefully, this graphic makes the decision a little easier. If you’re still torn, check out these high paying jobs that don’t require a college degree at all.
[via Degree Query]