It was Martin Luther King Jr. who once said “The function of education is to teach one to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” A college education is essential to anyone hoping for successful career. It allows you to benefit from higher salary opportunities, self-development, and will allow me to provide a better life for my family.
Education has always been a major factor for me. Unfortunately, my mother and father faced many financial challenges that prevented them from receiving a college education. I have always had a thirst for learning. Due to many factors, I too was unable to previously attend college. However, I never let go of the desire to earn a higher education. After several years, the opportunity arose for me to take online courses. I savored every bit of knowledge, but limited finances left me without the option to continue. I would like to progress to a position of management or some operational management capacity. A degree is as important to me professionally as personally. I see myself in ten years working in a stimulating environment, achieving some self-actualization, and most of all, giving back to my country.
Income is one way in which education helps individuals improve their social outcomes. Evidence generally supports the income effects of education on social outcomes. However, education’s effects on social outcomes generally remain after accounting for income. Hence, education may help individuals to develop skills, improve their social status and gain access to networks that could lead to enhanced social outcomes, independently from the effect of education on income. Emerging research suggests the significant role cognitive, social and emotional skills play in explaining the effects of education on economic and social outcomes (OECD, 2010).
In today’s world, both government and private firms lead a country’s economic development. Therefore, it is necessary to have...