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5 Reasons to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

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A recent GCU grad smiles in front of GCU Arena

By Lauren Abraham
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Student, Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Are you considering earning a bachelor’s degree? In today’s competitive job market, possessing a college degree is extremely valuable. Having a bachelor’s degree can set you apart from competitors and prepare you to apply for the job of your dreams with confidence.

There are many benefits to earning a bachelor’s degree. The value of having a college degree continues to rise, and today, it is easier than ever to further your education. For example, options such as online degree programs allow you to earn your education from the convenience of your own home. In addition, evening degree programs are a great option for students who have jobs during the day, but want to take evening classes.

Here are five reasons to earn a bachelor’s degree:

Gain a Sense of Self-Accomplishment

Getting an education requires large amounts of time and dedication. While it may not be easy, the hard work it takes to earn a college degree is worth it. When you receive your diploma and walk across the stage as a graduate, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Moving forward, a college degree means so much more than just a sheet of paper, though. You will know you have the strength to start something and finish it successfully.

Develop New Skills

Whether you are a high school graduate leaving home for the first time or returning to school later in life, furthering your education can help you to become a well-rounded individual. In college, you will meet new people and will be given opportunities to try new things. You may even discover a passion you have that you were unaware of. In addition, while there are many different degrees to choose from, prerequisite courses in a bachelor’s degree program help to provide a strong foundation in a variety of different subjects before moving forward and advancing your knowledge in a particular field of study. This prepares you to enter the world and successfully pursue a career.

Turn Your Passion into a Career

Are you passionate about something, but feel as though you cannot make a living doing it? A bachelor’s degree can give you the opportunity to find what you are passionate about and turn it into a career. For example, someone who is passionate about sports can earn a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. A degree like this combines a love for sports with the business skills needed to become successful in this field. When you are able to incorporate what you are passionate about into your career, you are likely to experience high job satisfaction.

Discover More Career Opportunities

Employers look to hire college graduates to fill job positions. This is because no matter what their degree is in, college graduates possess valuable critical thinking skills and great amounts of discipline. Earning a bachelor’s degree makes you very marketable, and more doors will be opened to you as a result. In addition to having more opportunities post-graduation, individuals enrolled in a bachelor’s program have many opportunities to get connected and network as a student. For example, they may be able to complete an internship for a company they would like to work for post-graduation. This allows them to be one step ahead when it comes to getting hired.

Increase Your Salary

Having a bachelor’s degree makes you valuable to employers. Therefore, you are likely to have higher pay and job stability. A recent economic analysis found that college graduates ages 25 to 32 working full time earn more annually than those without a degree, and this pay gap has grown in recent years. In addition, graduates with a bachelor’s degree tend to have lower unemployment and poverty rates, because even in times of economic turmoil, employers are likely to keep those with a degree because of the value they bring to the workplace.

Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs for students to find their unique purpose. To learn more about GCU, contact our enrollment representatives today.

About Lauren Abraham
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Communications Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Lauren Abraham is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.

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