Many times, the most natural step after graduating high school is to attend university. There’s the common misconception that without a degree, it’s harder to secure the job of your dreams and while this may be true in some professions, it’s not always the case and it’s something that should carefully be considered before rushing into.
Recently, I’ve been in the company of Venezuelans that have recently migrated to Trinidad. While sharing their experiences of living in the dire conditions that the country has been plunged into, they also mentioned that there are many people, qualified at the university level in various fields that have been forced to take up whatever jobs they can find to survive. The story of an engineer having to work as a taxi driver was quite shocking.
But it’s not just in Venezuela that university graduates struggle to find work. There are so many cases right at home where graduates wait months before catching a break and it usually isn’t exactly what they were looking for. This makes me ponder the real value of a diploma.
There is so much work that goes into successfully graduating; the late nights of thesis work, the never ending reading and research and let’s not forget about those student loans. It does seem very discouraging that after all the sacrifice is made the rewards are slow coming or very few.
So what is a university diploma really worth? Quite a lot if the right job comes along. However, more likely than not, it may not come right away. As such, it is important to decide if a university degree is right for you or if it’s necessary right away. There are instances where university graduates have regretted following the course of study that they did, instead, wishing that they had taken the time to really examine which career path was right for them.
The goal of any graduate is to be successful in life, but defining what success really means is key. A university degree certainly doesn’t guarantee success and is not something to be taken lightly as there is so much to be considered before embarking on that journey.
Having a tertiary education is not compulsory nor is it a requirement after graduating high school. There are many different paths that can be taken and it is always recommended to follow your passion. Once you do, you will never have to work a day in your life. In deciding whether a diploma is right for you, it is made easier when you stay true to yourself and to your goals.