Help me find a Job? Consider Community College

November 5, 2012

Changing Careers, Goals, Job Hunt

Are you still asking, “Help me find a job?” You might consider signing up for community college.

There is plenty of debate over whether a four-year college education today is worth the cost. After all, many graduates are leaving their universities with tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt and they’re taking that debt into a jobs market that is still shaky. Many graduates haven’t found solid-paying jobs by the time they need to start paying back their student loans.

But there is a less expensive option that can also help boost your career search: community college.

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The Community College Option

During the past six months, federal data show that the employment for U.S. residents with two years of college education – typical for a community college education – jumped by 578,000. During this same period, employment for residents with four-year degrees jumped by only 314,000.

According to labor experts, this trend should continue. Typically, the earliest stages of an economic recovery provide jobs for workers with four-year college degrees. It’s the later stages of a recovery – which we are in now – in which applicants with lower amounts of education will realize more job opportunities.

Savings are Vast

And while the potential job opportunities for employees with two-year college degrees are on the rise, the savings from eschewing a four-year degree can be vast. A four-year college education, even at a state school, is expensive. It’s not unusual for students to graduate with debt of $10,000, $20,000 or more. Those who pursue even more advanced degrees could end up with college debt in the six-figure range.

That’s a lot of debt to carry with you in an uncertain jobs market.

Other Options

The fact is college is slowly changing. While most college students still follow the traditional four-year path to a bachelor’s degree, many others are working toward a two-year associate’s degree. Others are attending trade schools that focus on particular career path, while still others are flocking to online colleges.

All of these options come with their pluses and negatives. You’ll need to do the research to find the educational path that’s right for you. It all depends on your career goals.

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