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 for now I’ll sit here with my degree and just hope for the best. As I’m sure most people are.