How a degree really does help you achieve your goals

Posted by Trevecca on May 10, 2017 2:43:43 PM


Earning a degree takes time, effort and focus. Yet while some may say it isn’t worth all the time and expense or that a degree really doesn’t make a difference, studies—and graduates—say otherwise.

1. A degree really does mean better pay.

According to 2016 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with master’s degrees make twice as much per week as a high school graduate. And the increase in pay isn’t just confined to master’s degrees. An associate degree expands the average weekly pay by $120 and a bachelor’s degree garners $459 more per week. It’s easy to say you can’t afford a degree right now, but maybe you can’t afford not to!

2. A degree can be that extra something that helps you move to the next level.

Just ask Trevecca student Steven Singley. “I want to actually work in human resources one day,” Singley said. “It’s difficult in this job market to get your foot in the door, so I’m getting my MBA to kind of give me that edge.”

3. The higher the degree, the lower the unemployment rate.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that people with associate degree and above experience lower rates of unemployment than those with less education. While it’s not a guarantee against unemployment, a degree at least seems to create stability that those with only a high school diploma can’t expect.

4. A degree can help you grow personally.

Finishing or earning your degree is often about professional growth, but the process can also be a time of great personal growth. Just ask one of our students, Chris Downing, who is working to complete his bachelor’s degree. “I just feel like I’ve become closer to God,” Downing said. “This program will benefit anyone, even more than just getting a promotion—it will help you and change you as a person. It’s changed me, and I’m not even finished yet."

5. A degree program will help you hone the skills that will make you successful.

According to LinkedIn’s recent research, employers are looking for employees who are good communicators, organized, critical thinkers and team players. No matter what your degree program, you’ll develop and hone these skills as you complete your classwork, work on group and individual projects and participate in discussions. These are soft skills that have to be practiced, and a degree program will provide many opportunities to grow in these areas.

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