You may be thinking, “College? Hey, that’s too far off to think about!” But you’d be wrong. Middle school is exactly when you should start thinking about your future.
Of course, your future is linked to the career you decide to pursue, and college is where you gain the skills for your career! So a little planning now—and keeping your grades up—will go a long way later.
Every bit of education you get after high school increases the chances you’ll earn good pay. Most college graduates earn a lot more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school.
The more education you get, the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.
Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents’ generation. Today, most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems.