It’s something I’ve discussed many times with friends. In today’s environment would one be better off saving the $100,000 it cost for a good 4 year college and getting a job right out of school in your field? My answer is simple. Most of the time I would say go to college but it depends on what you want to do. Certain technical fields require college and masters degrees. Others don’t and you actually may be better off getting real world experience. Combine that with the ability to start with no debt or $100K in the bank and it becomes an even better move.
To me, half of going to University is growing up. Learning to live on my own. I could do that working as well but there’s something to be said about doing it surrounded by thousands of others doing the same thing. I also believe that you have to “sow your oats” and act young when you’re young. The people that seem to enjoy life the least are the people that are forced to take on a lot of responsibility, early and often. You’ll be working the next 40 years so waiting 4 more years isn’t that big of a deal overall.
What got me thinking about this was looking through the linkedn profiles of some domainers and noticed that a few showed either no degrees or only associate degrees aka 2 year local college degrees. I used to call an associates degree an “Almost” degree but as I get older I think that community colleges are a great way to train and learn. You can still work and go to school and you can always continue on to a four year college. As an employer when I see a person attending community college I take a hard look at what job they took during school or during the summer. It tells me a lot about how serious they are. If they took a job in their field vs working at the pizza place it lets me know they are trying to learn both in school and after.
That brings me back to the question. How many of you have college degrees? In the comments I’d love to hear how it made any difference one way or another in year domain investment career.