When I was in school (middle school and high school) we were told to go to university. If we didn’t want to end up as bums we had to get a bachelors degree and that was that. If, of course, you didn’t have the grades for university there was always trade school but ending up there was seen as a failure in a way. So all of us young ones go off to university, get our degrees and go out to find jobs only to find that there are none. Now, they say that too many kids went to university and all the jobs are in the trades. Well, that would have been good to know about 4 or 5 years ago! Granted, even if I knew this before, there aren’t any trades that I could see myself in but that doesn’t mean that’s true for everyone. I am sure there are a huge group of people that went to university because they thought they were supposed to when in reality they may have done better in something else. I could see myself going into some 2 year programs. There are a lot of certificate programs that interest me but like I said, I was conditioned to see that as beneath me. I was an honor student, that meant university. I read an article recently that was comparing starting salaries of university graduates to comparable 2 year programs. Not only is the starting salary higher but graduates from the 2 year program have a head start experience-wise than the students who were in the 4 year program. Which brings me to my next point: experience vs. education. I’ve been debating which is the way to go, working your way up and gaining experience or going and getting a higher level of education. I think it has a lot to do with what field you want to go into. I keep looking at job postings and majority of them you need 3-5 years of experience minimum. Question is, how do I get experience if I need experience to get experience (ya, confusing)? So do I work at minimum wage jobs waiting for the perfect opening or do I go back to school and hope there is more available when I graduate with a masters? It is a confusing time to be starting out in your career. Baby boomers are retiring later, people that normally could survive on one income now need two, so why would employers want to hire us kids instead? We are a bunch of punks that think we know everything and are entitled to everything (or so I hear). There has to be something out there for something who has the skills and drive right? Please tell me I’m right. Please tell me I didn’t waste thousands of dollars on a education just to work as a barista!
May 1, 2013