It’s been 7 years since I graduated from University. I’m hoping that at some point I won’t have to think that getting my degree was a waste of time. Sure I loved the experience of going away to school, living in the dorm and then in apartments. I miss the city of Ottawa very much; Carleton’s campus is just beautiful, and the city has the best transit system a student could ever want. But once I graduated, I started working in a downtown office, opening bank accounts for wealthy people. I stayed there until I went on maternity leave with my first child, and I’ve been a stay at home mom ever since. Working at a bank, I didn’t use anything from my education, unless you count starting a recycling and compost program for the floor I worked on. Simply having a university education helped get me the job, and a few promotions while there, but I wasn’t using what I had studied.
I applied for jobs like crazy when I graduated, mailing out hard copies and emailing all over the province. The timing was great, because everyone was “going green” and environmental jobs were everywhere. The only problem; I went to university, not college. They all wanted the hands on experience and training that you get from a college education. Funny how sitting in a lecture hall and reading about the environment doesn’t help. Theory only gets you so far as a tree hugger.
I was always led to believe that going to university was better than going to college. That a degree vs. a certificate will land you a better job. So not the case! It totally depends on what you want to do in the end! I hope that my kids understand this when they are at the age to decide on post secondary education. If I was to do it all over again, I would go back and take a college program with hands on training. Maybe I would have spent those 5 years out on a lake or in a forest instead of sitting at a desk clicking away on a computer…
Maybe once the kiddies are grown, I will take some college classes and finally get to use everything I have learned. But until then, I will just keep using what I learned in university to help my family be more environmentally conscious. And I guess I should be thankful that my student loans are long paid off, because owning money on something I have never used would burn a little too much for me.
Which route did you take? Are you using your post secondary education?
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