Financial Wellness @ Work

Is A Degree Worth It? How It Can Impact Your Career

With the cost of an education rising year after year, is it still worth it to get your college degree? Although it may not seem worth spending $50,000, there are real benefits to doing so. With all of the grants and financial aid available, the cost is often not as high as you would expect either. Here are some benefits to getting a college degree or going back to school for even more education:

Improve Your Chances of Finding Work

Even if you don’t find a job in your chosen field, it is important that you get a degree to improve your odds of finding a job at all. In many cases, an employer may require a college degree to earn a job as a full-time cashier or a part-time manager. A bachelor’s degree, no matter the area of study, is often a standard requirement for many jobs.

Prove That You Can Finish What You Start

Completing a college degree shows that you are able to commit to something and see it through. Although college may seem easy to a lot of students, there are plenty of people who give up or cannot handle the rigors of a college education. Getting a degree show employers that you have the education, patience and work ethic needed.

It May Lead to Greater Mobility in Your Career

Having a degree may allow you to move up in your career. While you may need to start out as a part-time employee somewhere to find work, your degree may enable you to apply for job postings within the company or use your experience combined with your degree to find work elsewhere.

Receive a Higher Salary

The odds of getting a higher salary improves with a master’s degree in almost any field.For those who want a career in the healthcare field, obtaining a bachelor of health information management can help you receive a much higher salary compared to those who do not have such a degree. On average, you can expect to make $9-16k more per year after graduating with a bachelor’s than an associate’s degree in HIM. With an MBA, employees can earn a much better salary than their counterparts who don’t have a master’s degree.

Your Employer May Pay for Your Degree

Don’t hesitate to ask your employer to pay for some or all of your college education if you are required to take classes to improve your skills or gain certain certifications. An employee assistance fund may be available to provide tax-free cash to pay for school.

You Don’t Always Need a Four-Year Degree

You might not need a four-year degree to start working in your chosen field. For example, if you want to be a writer, you may be able to get by with a few classes at a community college before you start building your professional portfolio. If you don’t have the money or time for a master’s or even a bachelor’s degree right now, any education counts for something.

If you are debating whether or not to get your degree, it may be more beneficial in the long run to do so even if it seems like a large expense. By getting your degree, you make yourself more marketable and make it easier to find a job as you get older. That’s one investment that can really pay off.

 

 

 

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Using Retirement Plan Assets for Education

As the school year winds down, many graduating high-school seniors are looking ahead to the promise of a new day come next fall, but for many parents, that day is fraught with mixed emotions—and a handful of college bills. To help pay for college, some parents will set aside money using more traditional ways to save for college expenses. Each has its own set of pros and cons and seldom are parents able to save enough to pay for their student’s entire education. As such, many students will require student loans in order to continue their education. The result is an average student loan debt of just under $30,000. Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Celebrate 529 Day this Thursday, 5/29

This Thursday is 529 College Savings Day, a day to raise awareness about the value of planning ahead for college expenses with 529 plans. The general theme is: Don’t panic, plan. Any amount saved in advance can lower amounts that may need to be borrowed for college, trade or technical school down the road.  Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Five Myths About Your 529 College Savings Plan

As the school year winds down and the invitations to high school graduations start pouring in, I can’t help but think about the day when my own little girl Rachel—who is finishing up her sophomore year—will be sending out her own invitations.  It all seems to be going by so fast but fortunately Susan and I have been preparing for that day by saving in a 529 college savings account.  For some of you moms and dads out there, you too have been using this savings vehicle to help pay for those oncoming college expenses but as Kathryn Flynn writes in a recent post called “Clearing up the confusion: Five popular 529 plan myths,” there are a number of myths floating around out there that could cause confusion when it comes time to using these accounts.  Understanding each one will help you and I when it comes time to funding our child’s higher education. Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Common Myths About 529 Plans

For my grandson’s upcoming first birthday, I mentioned to my daughter-in-law that we might invest in a Pennsylvania 529 college savings plan as our gift. She was a bit concerned since my stepson and his family are Maryland residents, not Pennsylvanians, and would that mean that he’d have to go to a PA school? The reality is that the 529 funds can be used at any college across the country and even accredited schools abroad so her fear was unfounded. My grandson will have the ability to use the money for any college of his choosing and by opening the PA 529 plan, we get the benefit of up to a $14,000 state income tax deduction and the advantage of Vanguard investment options. Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Say NO to Student Debt (Part II)

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed a call from a father who was trying to do the right thing by helping his daughter pay for her education through the use of parent loans, a.k.a. PLUS loans.  PLUS loans are often used to help pay for education when there is an insufficient amount available through regular student loans, savings, or other forms of borrowing. In many cases, PLUS loan repayments begin within 60 days of disbursement but in some cases, repayments can be deferred until 6 months after graduation. Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Say NO to Student Loan Debt (Part I)

My colleague, Erik Carter, and I just recently finished our 2013 research report on generational financial issues. In this report, we looked at internal and external data to see what Millennials, Generation Xers, and Baby Boomers are dealing with in terms of financial planning. As I began to look further into the lives of Millennials, I was shocked to discover just how much college debt the average graduate carries these days—averaging $35,200 according to a recent Fidelity studyRead more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

Don’t Fear the FAFSA

One of the great things about the holidays is that you get to spend time with family members you don’t otherwise see throughout the year.  For me, that meant seeing my nephew for the first time since he graduated from high school last summer.  I had assumed he had started his freshman year at college this fall, but sadly that was not the case.   Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr

You Are Not Your College Major

In this blog post, my colleague Michael Smith writes about his daughter going to college next year and the big decision she’ll have to make about what to major in. But I’m not sure that I agree that it’s as big a decision as he thinks it is. As you’re probably aware, some of the most financially successful people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t even graduate from college at all. Read more

Share it:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • Google Buzz
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Posterous
  • email
  • Blogosphere
  • Live
  • Netvibes
  • Orkut
  • RSS
  • Technorati
  • Tumblr
css.php