High School Drop-Outs Earn More Than College/University Drop-Outs!!
For those of you who remember being in college/university or are in school still, did it ever cross your mind at any point to drop out? If we’re going to all be honest here, I’m sure that you have thought of it at one point or another, and maybe some of you are currently thinking about it. The only thing that stops you is the knowledge that if you do so, you will be severely limiting your career choices and handicapping your potential. And I absolutely agree with those facts! We all know that college/university drop-outs have fewer employment opportunities, and therefore, make far less money than those that go on to complete some kind of formal education or post-secondary education.
However, did you know that Statistics Canada did a study on the earnings of post-secondary education drop-outs versus high school drop-outs in Canada and found that those who drop out of college/university actually make less money than those who dropped out of high school?! Shocking, isn’t it? If you click on this link, you will find some astounding information that I’ll bet you never knew before. Particularly, if you look at Table 3 of the study, you will see that Post-Secondary Education drop-outs make, on average, $20 per week less than high school drop-outs. The only positive thing for PSE drop-outs in comparison with high school drop-outs is that they have a slightly higher employment rate (i.e. 73.3% for PSE drop-outs versus 71.4% for high school drop-outs), but it still does not even come close to matching those with either a high school diploma (79.6%), those who have either a trade or other certificate (82.8%), those with a college diploma or certificate (85.1% – 86.2%), or those with a university degree (79.6%-87.5%).
So, what does all of this mean and how can it be possible for post-secondary leavers to make less money than high school leavers? Good questions.
When I read the study, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. In fact, I had to call one of my colleagues to verify that what I was reading was correct! In the course of our conversation, I came up with the only reason that really made sense to me: I believe that when someone drops out of their post-secondary programme, they still feel entitled to make as much money as someone who has completed their post-secondary education, therefore, they may be a little more unwilling to take “blue collar” jobs, so to speak. I believe that those who have dropped out of high school have accepted the fact that they will never make as much money as those with a post-secondary education, and accept the fact that they must work really hard at whatever job they choose to do. I think that (sometimes) post-secondary leavers have a sense of entitlement that is unjustified, and yet, remains dominant in their minds whilst looking for a job.
I also believe that when you show an employer a resume with only a partially completed post-secondary qualification, the employer gains some possible insight into your level of determination; you must work much harder to prove yourself within that job, assuming that you are even offered the position. I understand that the same may be said of high school drop-outs, but, as I said earlier, I believe that high school drop-outs generally work hard in “blue collar” jobs and appreciate those jobs a little more than post-secondary drop-outs. Unless you’re a super genius who is able to create his/her own business, like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, then you’re probably not going to end up a college-drop-out-billionaire, so why take the chance?
Again, these are just my thoughts on the matter, so if you disagree with me, please feel free to comment! If you are upset by this article, I do apologise, but you have to admit…the numbers don’t lie.
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