After college graduation?

Question:How many college-graduated people are there still making less than $25,000 a year? I'm wondering if I should get into the community college or not. I'm afraid that I won't be able to get a better job after graduation. I'm an almost 25 year old Chinese guy from Hong Kong. I've been in the U.S. for 8 years. My education was only 5 years in high school in Philadelphia. I've been a server in Chinese buffet restaurants for years. I'm really tired of working like a dog for 86 hours/week. My meals were just the unhealthy rubbish on the buffet. I realize that I'm being dumb and my life is being colorless. My English speaking, listening, understanding, and reading are still bad. Maybe I'd worked in Chinese buffet restaurant too long. Now I'm jobless and feeling terrible. I really don't know what to do. Should I keep working like a dog to save some money or to get into the community college? I'm almost 25. On the Chinese calendar, I'm 26. It's time to get married. What should I do?

Answers:
Don't let your age dictate when you should be getting married and having kids.

Get on with your life and take care of yourself. Look into college. Think of what kind of goals you really want to have for yourself.

I quit communty college years ago, but decided that I owed it to myself to expand my horizons. So I decided on 4-year college when I was 27 years-old, and my classmates were about 8 years younger. Age didn't matter so much to me, since I appreciated learning for once in my life. You would be surprised about how older students tend to better students in college. It may have to do with motivation from their experiences in the real world. I do make more now, and I feel my potential is whatever I make of it. I know at least two of my professors pursued their college degrees later in life.

It's never too late to return to school. There are a growing number of older college students every year. You can always attend part-time (maybe only two classes) in the beginning. Of course the biggest expense would be the tuition and the over-priced text books that you need, but the one thing you need to do is be disciplined with is studying. Everytime you think of what a drag it is to read and study, just think of the dread from your job. So, yes, there is promise for you after college. If you make a decision to do it, be sure you follow through. Persistence is the key. Good luck to you =)
Marry a rich girl.

But seriously, what do you mean, "It's time to get married"? You are obviously not ready for marriage and children. Don't let the calendar dictate this.
Try a college program that is only two years. Or save your money, practice your cooking skills and open a small chinese take out place. Good Luck!
I think that you need to consider what you really want out of your life. An education, or a new job, isn't going to make you happy all by itself. Making and achieving goals is more important.

I am a well-educated person, so I tend to think that most people could benefit from additional education. However, I realize that an academic lifestyle isn't for everyone, and that some people are better off going somewhere to learn job skills that will help them get ahead and be happy.

My advice is this: figure out what you really want your life to be like, then what you have to do to get there. If this is just about money, making more won't necessarily make you happier and you won't necessarily make more with greater education. Depends on what you want to do.

What characteristics are you looking for in a lifestyle/job? If you find something to do that is important to you and makes you happy, it won't matter so much how you are paid.
Any type of higher education will help you get a higher salary than none. I say go to the community college its great and affordable and they usually have classes for people who speak English as a second language. Its a great way to figure out what you want to do with your life and to find how how to achieve it.

At 25, you're still young don't get too hung up on marriage. But if you are worried about it, college is a great place to meet people. Who knows... maybe your future wife is waiting for you to enroll as we speak. =)

Good luck!
I'm with Emmy.
I suggest you to try out for college. You never know until you try. Life is full of risks and you have to take once in a while. Go to college! :) As for the salary after graduation, it depends on the program you go for. Health science is a very good one like being a doctor, a nurse, a biologist, or even a dentist assistant is well paid. You can also go to business program. Begin with taking courses that can improve your english skills so you can understand better if you need too. You are still 25 and that's still young. I've seen older people going back to school and they are like 30 up to my grandma's age. And believe me. If you go to school , you will get better chances to meet a nice girl. How can you take responsability of a woman if you can't offer her anything like a car or a house? By working at a server in a restaurant, you might not afford all this to your wife and futur children. Do your best in your studies and get your woman! Goodluck!
Actually 25K is about what someone with a BA starts with in most jobs. 35K is pushing it, BUT you move up from there.

A friend of mine with a Liberal Arts BA from Oxford in England went on to take courses at a JC in the US in computers and started work at a Bank for $25K and now he's making over $150K after 15 years in the field at a software developing company.

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