There are many times in life where we are taught to set goals about what you plan to long before you them. Sometimes, just like in the book plans and goals have a bad habit of falling apart. Henry Eyring said it might not have been good for his family or he might not have had a family at if he had been accepted into Harvard or Stanford.
It is true most of the time college graduates are not ready for the real world. Where I am employed now I see that everyday and the ones that I am referring to all have at least a Bachelors degree. So even though they got the degree to get the job they have no life skills.
I also agree that higher education is necessary for a better life in some situations. Some people just find the right niche and off they go. I am in the situation where a degree would help out in career choices. I have an associate’s degree, but I have a job that is not in line with my degree and working hours that are not good for my families needs. With a higher education I might be able to get out of the rut that I am stuck in and have a happier life.