Well, I have beef with education. I know, I know... sounds stupid right? Don't get me wrong, I love that education offers the chance for people to better themselves and get a good job, but honestly, who even knows what they are getting into? I have worked at so many jobs where my EQUALLY paid colleague has one (or two) degrees and is at the EXACT same point in life as I am. Maybe I have just gotten the wrong end of the stick, but it makes me question whether getting a degree is worth it (as I sit here with my High School Education desperately trying to figure out how to correctly spell colleague, haha). My problem with school and careers in general is that I don't understand how you can chose to do one thing for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. You think I'm a drama queen? I mean we have these nice long lives and if we choose to go back to school and change careers, it is entirely possible, isn't it? WRONG. Ok, so some people (who I consider over achievers who are not like the rest of us), manage to do it all. They have jobs, families, bills, nice cars, a mortgage, debt and they still manage to go back to school and get another degree. But honestly, how common is this? So basically I look at committing to school as committing to something I will do for the rest of my life.
I feel like Barry Benson from Bee Movie.
I feel restless. How can I commit to one thing for the rest of my life? How can I justify spending 2-6 years in school and thousands of dollars on something that I don't even know if I want to do forever? Answer is, I can't! I can't justify school at all! So now I sit here as a 26 year old with a High School Education and I STILL haven't committed to school! Don't get me wrong, I love my life! I have had great opportunities and have enjoyed the jobs that I have had and currently have. But I want more! There are so many things I want to try! Animal Health Technology, Teaching, Administration, Business.... just to name a few! But all would require me going back to school, spending countless hours and funds just to try something to see if I like it. NOT WORTH IT! I wish it was like the old days where you could train on the job for free, and just learn the tricks of the trade. So much value is placed on education now-a-days, like you are worthless if you do not have a degree. Even in my current position, I get questioned at least once per week on what education I have. It is not even in a negative way, but just people being curious. Of course, depending on the person, I lie. (Hahaha, I know. I am evil!) As soon as I say, "Oh well yes, I have a Bachelors Degree specializing in NOTHING THAT WILL EVER HELP ME IN LIFE", people respond with instant approval. If I am honest, I always get that instant look of disapproval like all of a sudden I know nothing about the position I have been in for years as I have not obtained a useless degree and gotten myself into a mountain of debt with student loans.
Oh life... you tricky little bugger.