7 Good Reasons Generation Z Is Opting Out of College

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It’s no secret our country is obsessed with college. On the face of it, that’s a good thing: It means we want what we think is best for our kids. We want them to follow their passions, explore their potential and ultimately get jobs that match their personalities.

But college isn’t for everyone. Business consultant Ryan Jenkins believes that the members of “Generation Z” (those born after 1997) are a lot less likely to consider college a necessity. He tells Inc.com:

The relevance of higher education has been debated for years, but the emergence of Generation Z at a time when information is readily available 24/7 at the swipe of a finger makes the debate red-hot.

Education might be changing, but it’s not changing fast enough to remain relevant and desired by Generation Z.

The good news: These youths don’t necessarily need college in order to make a decent living.

It’s true that the greatest number of high-paying jobs tend to be held by those with at least a four-year degree. But according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), 24 percent of all decently paid jobs go to people with some education but no bachelor’s degree.

In addition, 27 percent of 25- to 34-year-old workers who have just a high-school diploma have good jobs. (The CEW defines “good jobs” as ones that pay at least $35,000 a year for those ages 25 to 44, and at least $45,000 a year for workers 45 and older.)

Obviously not every Gen Zer will skip college. But those who do forgo higher ed — or even just put it off for a while — have some pretty good reasons.

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