There are many reasons to value a college education. Some reasons are for enhanced knowledge or better job opportunities. Other reasons maybe, just for the satisfaction of completing a college degree, or to be a role model for your children. One reason could be you are forced to go because everyone in prior generations obtained a college degree. Your family might be very influential in the community and you are expected to set the example. Another reason may be that they are the only one in their family to go to college and you want your family members to be proud of you. From experience, most people you have met will change their careers at least four times or more in their lifetime. Therefore, the value of a college education means something different to each person. Everyone has his or her own reason for attending college and obtaining an education. .
In the early 20th Century it was not necessary to obtain a college education and only those that had the money or athletes attended. Toward the latter of the 20th Century, it was almost necessary to go to college to get hired for a job. Everyone coming out of high school was expected to go get a college education. People who did not have college educations were going and getting a degree. Now, families are putting money aside or signing up for the pre-paid college programs. Student enrollments have soared to new heights. By having a college education, one is more likely to get hired for a job they truly want, then someone who doesn't have a college education. Also, having a college education leads to better paying jobs, more benefits, pensions, and the ability to move up in one's career. Even starting out, at a job, at the bottom of the ladder with a college education that person is likely to get paid more, than someone in the same position without a college education. It is also more likely that the employer will look at someone with a higher education as more knowledgeable and will be eligible for job advancements quicker.