DEAR HARRIETTE: I took a break from college this past year because of a lot of things, including how weird everything was during the pandemic.
My family and friends ask me about my plan to return because it has been a while. I’m not sure of my decision.
College is a significant investment of time and money, and I wonder if the potential rewards justify it. I am currently in a career that offers a comfortable salary and opportunities for advancement. Given this, I tend to pursue my career rather than return to college.
Any advice for making the decision between continuing your studies and career development?
– Next steps
DEAR NEXT STEPS: The way I grew up, my peers required at least getting a bachelor’s degree, if not at least a graduate degree. Note that times have changed.
While a college education can be beneficial in countless ways—and I’m still a proponent of it—there’s no doubt that people have built successful, lucrative, and lasting careers without that paper in hand, at least initially. .
You need to make a critical assessment of your area of interest. What does it take to reach the top? What requirements exist as criteria for success – or even to open a door? Do your research carefully and thoroughly to determine what the income and growth potential is with and without a degree.
Also find out if your company ever pays for continuing education. Some companies have built-in degree programs. This may only be for master’s degrees, but find out.
Rather than succumbing to peer or family pressure, learn the pros and cons of higher education in your specific field and then make a decision.
DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m caught in a dilemma between two friends who disagree financially. I decided to remain neutral because it’s not my money.
However, both friends invited me to events scheduled at the same time. I would love to attend one of these, but I’m concerned about social media. Attending could inadvertently convey favoritism.
Any tips for handling this without causing misunderstandings?
– Caught in the middle
DEAR CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Is there any chance you can stop at both events? If this is possible, you will save yourself a lot of heartache because it will prove, through social media, that you are spreading love to everyone.
If that’s not possible, make your choice about where you plan to go and let them both know. Yes, we will be upset, but it is far better to avoid any arguments or misunderstandings by telling your friends about your plans.
You can remind them that you love them both and don’t want to find yourself in the middle of their drama. At the same time, you chose to attend one of the events in question and you just wanted to let everyone know.
Harriette Cole is a lifestyle stylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative aimed at helping people access and achieve their dreams. You can send questions to Askharriette@harriettecole.com or to Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.
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