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SALT LAKE CITY — Getting a college degree may no longer be the ticket to the good life, but it is becoming a necessity.
What was once perceived as a guarantee to a job and a comfortable life is now leaving students with small wages to pay down large amounts of debt. Part of this is because of the recession, but as the economy recovers, student unemployment hasn't bounced back yet, Jonathan Robe, a researcher on college unemployment, told the Denver Post.
"The economy may be in recovery officially, but there are a lot of people who haven't recovered yet," Robe said. "This is a problem that's sticking around."
Some students continue to do whatever it takes to live their version of the American dream, according to an article by the Deseret News.
For University of Utah student Nelson Warr, that means maintaining a 4.0, participating in Model European Union competitions, serving on Student Government Relations Board and being involved in media outreach for his job at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
If it means being able to do what he wants, which is going to law school, Warr said it is worth it.
Warr might have the right idea: Despite prospects now, a college education could be essential in the future, according to a forecast by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
By 2018, post-secondary education will be required by 63 percent of all jobs, according to Georgetown.