Will receiving a college degree improve your career opportunities? #YLPtalk

Most likely… here’s a personal essay I found from 4 years ago. My views have changed slightly….what do you think? Email me! proudloudyoung@gmail.com

“I believe a college education and degree will improve my career choices and opportunities. “Individual scholars recognized the importance of receiving a degree, whether undergraduate or graduate, through the effect on an individual student’s life both economically and personally.” (Gissinger, 2014) It has been proven that continuing in higher/furthering their education contributes to financial gain and security which can ultimately add to a better quality of life.

A college degree is necessary to improve my career opportunities. I can strive to success but without the education background as my foundation I may not be credible, reliable or successful as I hope.

My career goals consist of becoming a writer/magazine publisher. It is imperative for me to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communications and continue my education beyond to gain skills in business/marketing.

I believe my opportunities will improve based on my resume, I need to be trusted in order to be believable, an impressive background, education adds to it.

How does the process of critical thinking you used relate to or differ from the process you used to find content for your answer? How can you use critical thinking in other areas?  What steps can you take to ensure that you continue to use critical thinking in the future?

I will organize, prioritize, and get a clear understanding of my interests and passion, continuing my academic journey.

Critical thinking is imperative in everyday life. An individual who thinks critically ultimately creates a better quality of life for themselves. It is easy to make a decision or come to a conclusion on an impluse but thinking critically allows objectivity. It can enrich the life you have by allowing better decision making.

In order to be a critical thinker for life you have to keep an open mind and actually allow critical thinking to take place. I would be sure to avoid bias as this will limit the thinking process. I would continuously seek higher education to remain knowledgeable and I would maintain good communication.

Critical thinking is a thought process used to analyze information for a goal, a purpose, and to produce an objective result. Critical thinking is a developed way of thinking that is learned and is imperative in professional and personal interactions.

The five-step model in problem solving encourages individuals to ask questions to resolve an issue.”


Gary R. Kirby. (2006). Thinking An Interdisciplinary Approach To Critical and Creative Thought. Retrieved from Gary R. Kirby, HUM115 website

Female first generation college students from the working class: Motivation, strengths and coping skills: Gissinger, D. M. (2014). Female first generation college students from the working class: Motivations, strengths, and coping skills (Order No. 3640769). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text. (1627178979). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1627178979?accountid=458


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