The Enduring Value of a Bloomsburg Degree
At Homecoming, Alumni Weekend and other events, my conversations with graduates often turn to their careers and the long-lasting benefits of their Bloomsburg University degree.
For young alumni, the connection can be a straight line: from college courses and extracurricular activities … to job shadowing and internship opportunities … to full-time employment. For those who have been in the working world for 20, 30 or more years, however, it may not be as obvious how the degree they earned so long ago figures into the career they are pursuing today.
One way they benefit, of course, is their earnings power. The U.S. Census Bureau says a person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn twice as much as a high school graduate during his or her lifetime.
But what about the benefits beyond dollars and cents? Statistics also show that the average U.S. worker will change careers five to seven times, stay at each job an average of 4.6 years and by age 42 have held as many as 10 separate positions. What is the value of a bachelor’s degree to someone who, at some point in his or her life, has forged an entirely new and, perhaps, unexpected career path?
Quite simply, their degree has taught them how to learn. General education courses and courses in their major, cocurricular activities, such as undergraduate research and service learning, and career discovery, from job shadowing and internships to networking with alumni, have given them a skill set like no other. Their degree has made them more confident, competitive and competent with a self-assurance that enables them to take on new challenges, formulate new ideas and succeed.
In this issue of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine, you will meet alumni who made significant career changes at midlife and others who, from the start, pursued fields seemingly unrelated to their majors. Their Bloomsburg University degrees have served them exceedingly well.