torek, 20. marec 2018


My friend with a Medical University Diploma couldn’t find a job that pays actual money in her field of study for more than a year. Everyone suggested that she should just open her own private clinic, but because she couldn’t invest any money into starting her own business, she decided to start looking for any-paying job that was available to her. The first job she found was a housekeeping job in an old Hotel near the city she lives. When she sent them her CV, she got a very surprising and unusual response stating that because of her ‘elite’ education, she was too educated to work as a housekeeper. Do you really need University education to get a job these days?

Over educated people often encroach on jobs below their level of education. Employment market just doesn’t have the capacity to employ that many people with that high education. Positions that don’t require high level of education are often the only jobs people can get, if they don’t start their own businesses. Often employers do not employ educated people if the position for the job is below their level of education, because they feel threatened for their position.

Yet different cultures have different aspects about the necessity of University education. Being well educated in Slovenia helps people getting better-paying jobs. But if we take Australia, for example, people value practical abilities more than University degrees. When Australians finish high school, they often take practical courses of their interests and get an internships and then jobs (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017).

On the contrary the more you learn the more you earn. The studies show that spending time and money on higher levels of education is most likely to pay off. Statistics (for the year 2011) show that the median earnings of bachelor’s degree working full time were $56,500, which is $21,100 more than median earnings of high school graduates (Baum and Ma and Payea, 2013). That is mostly because usually that extra diploma or degree gives you a higher working position.

Also, there are jobs that are only available to people with certain qualifications that they got at University, meaning that the range of different jobs widens with higher education. A qualified doctor can transplant a heart and in most cases have a housekeeping job at a hotel. But a qualified housekeeper can only housekeep, they can not transplant a heart. Even Spiderman said that with great power comes great responsibility. Professions that require for people to have a lot of responsibility often require at least an University education and are better paid.

However not everything is about education, sometimes all it matters is a little creativity or luck or a great idea. We heard stories about people, who practically only finished primary school and/or high school to turn billionaires. Great examples are definitely John D. Rockefeller and Steve Jobs (Kelley, 2013). To be more more precisely, if you have what it takes, you don’t need to be educated to achieve what people normally achieve with University education.

As a result, University education will probably get you a better paying job or a higher working position, because you get qualified to work in more specifics fields. But not everything depends on education, because some cultures value practical abilities more and personally I think that you are what you make out of yourself. It is about how you use your talents and ideas. It is important for the mind to study because you want to and not because you have to.

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