Tough Decisions

Posted: July 4, 2013 in Dammion W.

My goal is to continue to pursue my education by attending and graduating college. I believe that this accomplishment would make me much more marketable in the job market. Individuals with a college degree tend to have a more attractive resume compared to someone without a high school diploma or GED. This will increase your chances on landing that job vs. a person without a degree. With a degree, you can also demand more money in your specific field of specialty because you have the credentials to perform your duties efficiently. I believe that this increases my chances on becoming successful and working in a field that, not only do I get paid well, but I enjoy working. This personal goal of mine will also help me be more in control of my future by providing me with financial stability and because of it, will be able to provide in support my family the way I believe I should.

Someone would say to me that I should be more focused on trying to get employment at this point in my life because I was just released from prison and I’m in need of housing. In response to that I would have to explain to them that it’s a sacrifice that I’m willing to make because it’s going to pay off In the long run. I’m thinking long term not short term. With me making the sacrifice to achieve higher education it would put me in a better position to apply for jobs that I wouldn’t be able to get if I didn’t take that chance. Getting employment right away might help right now briefly, but with minimum wage I can’t achieve self-sufficiency.

They might also say that education is very expensive and being that I don’t have any money or a job, how am I going to pay for my tuition. And I would counter with, there are many ways to find money for college. There are loans, financial Aid, grants, etc.

In conclusion, I think I’m making the right decision to continue to further my education at this point because of the greater pay off in the end.

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Comments
  1. Liam says:

    Thanks for your contribution, Dammion. Good stuff that you are thinking long term, rather than short term. Of course it is also worth thinking about the short term. A famous economist once said: people can focus too much on the long run; in the long run, we’re all dead! But you showed awareness of this issue by listing the various means of financial support available to you. So I was impressed by your clear focus on the long run vision, combined with considering the short term necessities. Further, it was clear that you considered the sort of questions and objections a reader might have to your piece. This is a very useful skill in a philosophy course, keep it up.

  2. Chris Lewis says:

    Dammion, you are absolutely right that pursuing a higher education will be beneficial to you in the long run by improving your job prospects. As a former inmate myself who has gone on to pursue a higher education, I can testify to that reality. People come knocking on my door to give me nice job nows, when before I could barely get by without getting my hands dirty, if you know what I’m saying. And while I agree with you that there are some short term hurdles to overcome for anyone -especially a former inmate – to go to college, you should also think of the short term benefits. As I hope you find out, college isn’t just a path to financial self-sufficiency and success. It is also intellectually stimulating and intrinsically beautiful in a way that I never would have known if I had not gone. I hope that when you are in the midst of your studies you will pause, look around, and take a minute to appreciate how nice it is to think about interesting issues and to learn new intellectual skills. These are some of the things that make life truly worth living!

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