Why Is Higher Education Important?

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Education is the foundation of your success in life. Did you ever have your parents and teachers tell you that your schooling is so important and you need to pass your classes?

There are good reasons for that and the more educated you are, the better placed in life you will be. The top of the education mountain is higher education and you normally attain this at college. 

But, why do people say higher education is so important?

In this guide, we’re going to take you through all the steps of higher education and let you know of its huge importance. 

What Exactly Is Higher Education?

It’s important that we understand what higher education actually means before we discuss its importance. 

In the educational system, there are levels. The basics begin at primary and secondary levels which are your elementary and high schools. Above that is higher education, which includes college and then graduate school. 

The highest level of education is attaining your doctorate through successful completion of a PhD. Under this you have a master’s degree and then your bachelor’s degree. 

In addition to having the self-gratification of holding these titles, they have many more benefits such as in the job market. 

When you’re near completion of high school, your teachers and career advisors will talk with you about your options like college. In the US, the majority of careers will require as a very basic requirement a college degree. 

The Benefits Of Attaining Higher Education 

Of course, there are a vast array of benefits of higher education, and these include the following:

Jobs 

The more education you have, the more qualifications you will have. When it comes to the job market, your options will be much better with far more job opportunities if you have a higher level of education. 

As we said, many jobs will have a college degree as a requirement. If you don’t have one, you might struggle to find a job. 

Even if you do, the pay of these jobs might be much lower than jobs for college graduates. This is where the difference between a job and a career comes into play. A lot of jobs for people without higher education will be dead end with no progression. 

When you’re going through college, you’ll meet with many career advisors, potential internship program providers and many others to succeed in your chosen field. 

It’s probably of no surprise that the careers with the highest pay are for people with huge knowledge or experience. Granted, this is still possible if you undertake an apprenticeship, but most apprenticeships include higher education in their programs whilst working.

So, the takeaway from this point? If you want more money and more career progression with further opportunities – get yourself a higher education. 

A Better Life 

Studies have suggested that people with a higher education tend to live longer. Whether there’s a correlation between college degrees, pay, quality of food and access to health care etc. is not clear, but it’s certainly something to consider. 

In addition, knowing more can help you with your everyday life. If you’re an expert in a specific field, you might be able to avoid paying for experts to do things for you (for example, a lawyer) and could save yourself thousands of dollars. 

In fact, knowing situations to avoid through your education can not only save you money but can save your life. For example, if you’re knowledgeable about specific chemicals, pharmaceutical ingredients etc, you might not get into trouble as easily. 

It’s also been suggested that college graduates, due to their studies, have become far more likely to read books as a hobby – which not only improves their language skills (which can be useful for future jobs), but if they find joy in these sorts of activities – boredom levels are lowered.

If somebody can entertain themselves in this way, they’re far less likely to get into recreational and social activities that can be harmful, such as alcohol or drugs. 

Obviously, avoiding that sort of lifestyle can save you money and save your life too. 

It Benefits The Country And The World 

Learning from highly intelligent people can inflame your intellect too and this can only be a good thing. Although it is true that some of the richest and most influential figures did not attain college degrees, most went to college before leaving to pursue things that they had learned. 

Then, there are people like Mark Zuckerberg who began his empire in college and is now one of the most well known and successful people in the world. 

The more geniuses we can create, the better placed our world will be. Advances in medicine, technology, science and engineering – along with everything else – can improve our lives and make things more comfortable and overall better. 

Not just that, people who go on to work for universities or NASA etc, can help us answer some of the most important questions that we were not able to answer before, like the universe and our own world. 

Moreover, by educating ourselves on big issues like race and gender studies, we can inform our next generations – and the divide between people can be reduced and over time, possibly fully healed. 

Keeping education at a high level to pass down is as important as learning it for yourself. Future generations will need to learn things that might save our planet one day, such as climate change, meteorology and geology. 

Not to mention, we are always going to need doctors and nurses! 

Summary 

Higher education is so important for your career, your money, your future, your children’s future and your life. 

Without the highly educated, we would not understand our universe, the dangers of certain animals and chemicals or how business and politics work. 

It’s crucial that we continue to educate ourselves to the highest possible level, and we can continue to advance our careers, our bank balance and our quality of life. 

Jamie Willis