While getting more education can be a great way for a person to put themselves in position for a job they want, many people may be feeling negative about the cost.
Less than 50 percent of Americans noted that getting a higher education is a good financial option, according to a report from Country Financial. This was notably lower than in 2008, when 81 percent felt that this investment was a good idea, and it declined for six straight years.
Nearly 80 percent of those polled felt that getting a job after college is harder now than in the past, the report noted. However, 54 percent felt it would take six months at most to land a job after getting a degree.
"Unemployment is down, but job prospects are still not what they used to be," said Joe Buhrmann, manager of financial security support at Country Financial. "So it's understandable that there's some hesitation when it comes to higher education and finding a career. Whether you take an interim position right away or wait for a job to match your skillset depends on your unique situation. What's important is planning for either situation while keeping in mind your potential starting income, impending student loans and other financial obligations."
Just 49 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 thought that graduates would be able to find a job within six months, the report noted. More than 30 percent noted that they would wait to find a job that is in line with their skillset.
Young people attempt to save for college
With the high costs of going to school, many Americans are looking to save money at an early age. According to a report from the College Savings Foundation, three-quarters of high school upperclassmen will try to save money for future schooling.
"This generation of students was born at the inception of 529 college savings plans," said Roger Michaud, chair of CSF. "It's exciting to see their enthusiasm as well as their parent's enthusiasm for saving early and strategically."
More than 50 percent of those polled said that they would get a job to save properly for college, the report added. In 2013, just 46 percent made the same efforts to save for their higher education costs.