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October 05, 2009

Degree or no degree, that is a question

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Those with professional degrees earn much more - about 4.4 million dollars during their working life. In 1999, average annual earnings ranged from $19,000 for high school dropouts, to $26,000 for high school graduates, $45,000 for college graduates and $99,000 for the holders of professional degrees including medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians and lawyers.

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Degree or no degree, that is a question?

By Natasha Watson, Professional Resume Writer

So, how do you know whether going to college would have been more beneficial than just obtaining a job right after high school? That depends on the hirer.

Depending on the size of the company and the salary range for the position, the employer can hire a non-degreed applicant with experience or a degreed applicant without experience for the same money.

So why go to college in the first place, you may wonder. Well, attending college is a personal decision that is only the best option for those who choose it. In other words, not all successful people have a college degree; so by far, it is common to choose alternative paths to become the person you want to be.

Being non-degreed in a work force so competitive can be intimidating, but it is possible to overcome.

1. The first thing you must do is to figure out what it is you want to do. There are many occupations, jobs, and careers that match many different objectives so start this process early. If you are unsure of your career goals, consider completing a career assessment test to help determine your personal motivations and characteristics and see which careers are most suitable for you. You can also speak with an employment counselor.

2. Research a typical work environment for that profession and the most popular companies that are hiring. Contact the managers at those companies and request informational interviews with them. Ask them questions about how they became successful in their field and how they got where they are.

3. Gather any training certificates, seminars, workshops, volunteer activities, or other training that you have participated in that showcase your talent. This training will transfer into beneficial job skills and will need to be transformed into valuable experience and knowledge. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge in a specific area or field - take a class or course to stay competitive in your field of interest.

4. Be yourself. Sometimes you may need to practice being yourself by playing up your most desirable traits in
social situations. If you are a 'positive' person then bring that trait to every situation, event, or conversation. If you are 'dependable' then always keep your word with others.

5. You must communicate with others effectively. You must also develop impeccable interviewing skills to make a lasting first impression with the interviewer. You can still get a good job without a college degree because a college degree does not make you successful ... you do.

Success is not measured by the degrees you hold, but by the person you are. Shape your own future and mold it into something beautiful. It starts with you and no-thing and no-one else matters.

Natasha Watson, President and Founder of Write Resume Services. She is a professional resume writer and member of the National Resume Writers Association.

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