"Broadening your Horizons"

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Registered: 12-12-2002
"Broadening your Horizons"
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 8:41pm
Okay, I've been scanning through the posts below, and this is something that has grabbed my attention. There are those here who seem to believe that you can only broaden your horizons by going to college or joining the peace corps or military. It also seems that doing so as a young person (directly out of high school) is preferable.

So, I'm curious about how people feel these things actually "broadened their horizons", and how that has benefited them in their lives so far. I'm also curious how you feel this has benefited you more so than someone who might have opted out of college/military/peace corps.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 4:58pm
I do not agree.

Some struggles are harder than others, for a variety of reasons. Achieving a college education is an identifiable struggle.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 5:05pm
Just a tad off, she came into the management position getting paid less then what I was earning as a manager. I was there first, she had the degree, I still got paid more.

There are new trades a person can learn, take insurance for example. Anyone w/out a degree or experiance can study for their state licensing exam, pass it, and make good money. Anyone can study for their state real estate exam and make good money. (yes, they have to apply for the job when considering they have to work *for* someone...but it is still degreeless). I made decent money just off of property and casualty.

Someone could put their foot in the door at a call center and work their way up and make decent money. Resorts pay pretty good money. In our area, you can make a hefty amount just in the cleaning business alone. I do those in-home parties...one lady made the company over a million dollars...the minimum she received was 30% of that (that is the base-line commission).

Yes, many things do require experiance, I never said they didn't. But good money can be had if one is willing to put their time in and work for it.

And yes, your right, you would have two degrees versus the one degree.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 5:08pm
the "hardness" of the struggle is based on the individual person perception. What one may find "hard," another might find easy.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 5:09pm
But in what way is it harder not to have a college degree than it is to get one?

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