Studies show that we now spend 47 hours of our 168-hour week working. When you spend that much time doing something, it will affect your life one way or another. Studies also show that only 13 percent of people actually like their work. You might not hate your job, but being at a job you "tolerate" still has a profound affect on your life.
Our society has been programed to believe that the only way to get a good job is to go to college. The stats on the job market for college graduates and jobs that even require a degree are depressing. Most graduates today won't get a job in their major.