As the college year progresses, you may find that a number of your classmates are struggling with the thought of whether to stay in college or join the workforce. Many people frown upon the students who decide to leave college, but at some point in your life of continued education, the possibility of leaving may cross your mind too.

Deciding whether to stay in college or join the workforce instead can be a big decision which shouldn’t be made too hastily.

Some thought, consideration and evaluation of the pros and cons of leaving college can help you to make the best decision for you.

stay in college or join the workforceWhy your ex-classmates left:

There are a number of reasons why people decide to leave college, and by no means are these decisions impractical or stupid, if it is in the leaver’s best interests. Some of the most common reasons why people decide to discontinue their non-compulsory education include:

  • Finances – scholars may struggle to support themselves/their families whilst in education as their ability to work a job may be limited, often forcing them to take part-time work at best. University students may also struggle to find funding for their course and are put off by the future debt student loans entail.
  • A break from routine – after years of compulsory education, jumping straight into college and university can be incredibly overwhelming. Many students become bored after years of school and want a change.
  • Dissatisfaction with college – some scholars find they are disappointed with the level of teaching within their college, dislike their course, struggle to make friends or find that education just isn’t for them.

Things to consider before quitting:

Many students are reluctant to leave college as they feel they are disappointing their parents/family. Although it’s great for parents to be supportive of your education, choosing to leave college isn’t necessarily a bad decision.

Many people are happy with the level of success they achieve without continuing with education. Before reading this, dropping your text books and leaving immediately, there are some aspects of quitting college worth considering, these include:

  • The job market – finding a job nowadays can be incredibly hard as unemployment rates are at a record high with young people (16-24 years old) being the hardest hit. Leaving education with no qualifications and little/no experience will require patience, as finding a job can take quite some time.
  • Paying your dues – if you leave education to seek employment, be expected to start at the bottom of the career ladder. This may not necessarily be a bad thing as, if you find a decent employer, there’s often room for progression for loyal employees who prove their worth.
  • Regret – if you do decide to quit and regret the decision you may not receive funding in the future, should you decide to give education another shot. If you decide to return you may have to pay for your course.
  • Working life – working life is often worlds apart from life at college. This can be a good thing though, as it can help you to develop in life but you must be prepared to act mature and professional.

Deciding to stay in college or join the workforce can be a crucial decision that will shape the nature of your future.

Education certainly isn’t for everyone and some people will shape a better future for themselves by seeking employment. If you’re considering whether to stay in college or join the workforce and are unsure of what to do, don’t leave until you feel entirely sure it’s the right decision for you.

Although many people view leaving college as a sign of failure, this is simply not the case. Speak to a college tutor or career adviser that can help you to identify some options that are available within the college or out in the world of employment. It’s helpful to get an outside opinion and a voice of reason to ensure you are considering all options.  Ultimately the decision is yours and it is a big one.

Stephanie Staszko Written by Stephanie Staszko on behalf of Blue Octopus. She is an avid blogger on a variety of different topics. Follow Steph on Twitter and Delicious for more information on the big decision of whether to stay in college or join the workforce.