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Ramblings About Degrees

Is it important to have a degree?

To a certain extent, yes. In this day and age, employers are looking for more than just good GCSEs and A-Levels. They more than likely want to employ someone they know got a degree from a reputable university.

In saying that, sometimes you don’t need a degree. In certain industries, it’s always best to just go straight into work and work your way up the ladder. What annoys me, however, are people who believe that when you finish school, you must go straight into work. That you must climb the ladder to become successful. This is not to say that that still isn’t applicable, but you do not have to go straight into work.

Take a gap year. Find yourself. Go to university. Find yourself. Take on a volunteer project. Find yourself.

The most important thing is that you find yourself. It’s hard for some people, though. Some people feel family pressure to go to university. Some people go to university because they’re not sure where to go next. Some people go just for the experience.

What we shouldn’t be doing is putting pressure on our young ones to know what they want to be when they’re older. We shouldn’t be putting pressure on our young ones to go to university. We shouldn’t be putting pressure on them to work and work and work when really they’re young and should still have some fun and no responsibilities.

“I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do.”
― Amy Poehler, Yes Please

I know for a fact that I do not:

1. Want to be stuck in a job that makes me unhappy just for the sake of a pay-check

Maybe I’ll have that luxury soon, but just I’ll sit here with my degree and just hope for the best. As I’m sure most people are.


  • Kya

    It is a very interesting topic for discussion. I recently applied for University again, but I don’t see it as being something that makes me better than another person. I am studying something that I am very interested in and just going to see where it takes me.

    It is really hard to know how the future is going to be. More and more people are educated at universities and the jobs of the future might require it, or there might be a great shift and more demand for manual ‘unskilled’ work will be in really high demand.

    I agree that people should be allowed to discover what they want to do. But at the same time be educated enough to be able to have the ability to think in a capacity that gives them options too. I am not saying that anyone who hasn’t been to college/university can’t think, they can 1000% percent, I just mean perhaps those that have studied within some field might have a greater understanding of what can be available, if you know what I mean.

    Eh. I hope I made sense. -_-

    • Chynna

      I’m hoping to go back to university as well, to do something that interests me! People should definitely be educated enough to be able to make the right decisions. I think the fact that in the US, they have to stay in school until 18 is really good. Whereas here in the UK, you can stay until you’re 16 and then leave.

      I think that’s where young people decide to not continue education because there’s too much pressure. I think the extra 2 years of education is so important in informing people of the choices they can have, but still giving them the leeway to do what they want.

      Still, pressure is such a big thing in today’s society. I definitely get what you’re saying.

  • Holly

    For me, going to university wasn’t just about getting a degree. It was all about moving out and living my own life, at that was probably the most important thing to me. I chose my city before I chose my degree.

    I think it often depends on what type of job it is. With geography, a lot of jobs require you to have a degree because of the type of skills involved. I’m not interested in geography any more, and the type of jobs I’m looking to do I could do probably do without having a degree. However, I think business like people who been to uni because it shows commitment and dedication. Like if you can cope with doing a degree you can deal with anything!!

    I think way too much pressure is put on young people decide what they should study at college, and then if they should or shouldn’t go to university. I rushed my decision and made the wrong one in regards to the subject, but at least I achieved my dream of moving to Liverpool. 🙂

  • Ana

    I used to watch Supernatural; I fell a bit out of love – which means I stopped watching it constantly – after third our fourth season; I still love the series, though I prefer Sam. <3
    I'm only discovering Castle and White Collar now; I never really watched the first, and I only watched season 1 of the second….errors that I'm correcting. 😛
    My favorite show of my post's batch remains Outlander, though; I didn't love the original books, but the TV series just "clicked" for me. I recommend it, it's really beautiful. 🙂 My top favorite shows ever, though, to this day are Knight Rider and N.C.I.S. 😀

    • Chynna

      Ahh, Sam is my favourite. I’m the only one amongst my friends, whose favourite is Sam. He’s just so damn amazing/cute/adorabubble, haha. I remember I used to watch Knight Rider when I was younger – /love/ that show!

  • Connie

    I definitely agree with you. Education after high school should definitely not to be pushed onto young ones; however, with jobs, I feel like pressuring isn’t the right way to go, but to some extent, people in their 20s do still need to learn responsibility and independence. I need to go back to university, but because I’m so career driven and ambitious, I spent time to chase wherever the $$$ went and now I make much, much more than my sister who is a year older and graduated from university. But everyone has their own path in which they decide to take and my sister now may be in student loan debt, but she did spend a year or so working a job she didn’t really like. Now she’s working at a university and making good enough money to cover her bills and still go out and explore.

    I think it’s really the foundation we make and give for ourselves. And of course, the trials and errors.

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