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Five Steps to Guarantee Your College Investment Pays (as covered in this podcast)
ROI = (increase in salary over period – cost of degree) / cost of degree
Working with $25k / year income
Engineering degree pays $60k – increase of $35k / year
Cost of degree $30k
2 year ROI = ($35k*2 – $30k) / $30k = 40k/30k = 133%
Working with $25k / yr income
English Degree pays $35k
Cost of degree $40K
2 year ROI = ($20k – 40k) / $40k = NEGATIVE
LAST POINT – do not borrow money for education!
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Posting a comment someone sent by email since I thought it had interesting points!
“I always enjoy your emails and the information that you share. I attended the Central MS PMI Chapter meeting where you spoke a couple of months ago. Since that time, I have shared your articles and purchased your resumes book for my two sons who are in undergrad and grad school.
I do want to offer up a “real life” comment on the college education article below however. I understand that it is based on studies performed by respectable groups, institutions, etc. but one thing that always shows up in these articles is that the benefit of a degree in English is minimized. I know from over 30 years in the management consulting business that one of the most effective and career-enhancing degrees is in English. Why? Because a “good” English graduate can read, comprehend, summarize, analyze, research, and most importantly communicate verbally and in writing. They have strong powers of association and a keen grasp of the English language. In our firm, we are comfortable sending our English graduates into most situations because as consultants we generally are hired to solve problems or improve processes. The skill set that comes with an English degree is an excellent fit. And, the pay scale is much greater than the typical English teacher salary which is what I assume those surveys are using.
This observation is not a new one – I remember when I graduated from college, English majors were sought after more than political science majors for law school for those very same reasons.
I just wanted to share my comments and thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. Thanks,”
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