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I always wanted to go to a University, couldnt because of money, so I got a degree from a two year school. But I have alot of friends and associates I know that went to a university and now arent working in their field plus their in debt. People tell me all the time your lucky you didnt waste money but I dont know. Are the the intangibles you learn outside the classroom worth the time and money of a University education?
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I think whether or not it's "worth it" is highly individual. For some people it is, for others it isn't. It was invaluable for me to spend four years completely submerged in school life and my studies and friends and dorms and all of the typical college experiences. I didn't go into the college experience particularly looking for job training or preparation, so that's where we may differ. I majored in a foreign language so I never much expected to "work" in my major. That hasn't held me back from finding positions, though. Smile
I think that this is a highly individual matter. I have spent pretty much my entire adult life in or around the academy. There is no other place I would rather be.

It also depends on the type of career that you seek. It is a prerequisite for many careers and there is simply no getting around it (medicine, practicing law, science, etc.) Indeed, in many professions, you need one or two more post-baccalaureate degrees.

The best advice is to research your area of vocational interests and see what is required.

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