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  1. A senior college student has one semester of school left. His major is in English, a generally useless field for making money but useful for underscoring some ability to communicate with other human beings. Though he could comfortably make it by the last semester this Fall, he would be forced to search for jobs when he graduates in December.

    If he does choose to finish the final semester and graduate in December, the best lead so far for a position as technical writer in Lexington Park, MD, which pays $29k per year. On the other hand, he could opt for a job that is local (the same town he currently lives in for school) that isn't releated to his field but offers growth and advancement that could end up in his field somewhat. This job happens to pay $32k per year.

    Given the information in this scenario, which is the best option for the student?

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    2. Pure Hellspawn

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      Get that degree. Experience is important, but having a degree is a must. High School isn't enough due to all the competition for jobs.

      My recommendation is to continue college and try and find some time that can be devoted to the job (not too much). That way, you can have both experience and the degree. See if you can do both at the same time.

      I go to a college that has a coop requirement, so you have to work for a year to get a degree (I am at RIT majoring in CS). Maybe you can find out if your college has a coop program available.

      However, if you do not have enough time for both college & work, I recommend college. It is important to have experience, but having a college degree is even more important, especially in today's competitive world.

      If you think you can be the next Bill Gates and make up something so good that you will be rich, then go for it! (Gates dropped out of Harvard) Not many people are like Bill Gates though...

    3. AndrewB

      AndrewB

      Pure Hellspawn said:

      If you think you can be the next Bill Gates and make up something so good that you will be rich, then go for it! (Gates dropped out of Harvard) Not many people are like Bill Gates though...

      Of course you could play the lottery too.

    4. Pure Hellspawn

      Pure Hellspawn

      AndrewB said:

      Of course you could play the lottery too.


      I think the lottery is a good idea with one exception. Too many people fail to play responsibly and end up spending all they have. The lottery really benefits the government, since they sponsor it (and the lucky few who do hit it big).

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