Qualification V’s Career.

  Blackhat 12:34 21 Jun 2008

I am sure there are many on this forum that has a higher education level or professional qualification. My question is, how does it now relate to you career or employment?

It is near impossible to predict how our lives will pan out so did you fulfill the goals of your choice of qualification?

I gained a Diploma in surgical technology 25 years ago and worked in the medical profession for many years, I have since gone through 2 major career changes and I am now a company director and owner of a factory that manufactures conservatory roofs.

I have no regrets about how things have turned out but there is absolutely no correlation between my qualifications and current occupation.

  octal 13:09 21 Jun 2008

It is strange how paths pan out, I qualified as an electrician, but after working many years in the NHS as an engineer I now work as a Senior Bio-Medical engineer and team leader in a hospital for a private company. It wasn't really my chosen path, but I'm not complaining because I enjoy my work. By the way, I still keep my electrical qualifications up to date, I might need them one day.

  Cymro. 13:35 21 Jun 2008

For reasons that are not necessary to go in to here I had virtually no formal education after the age of 12. Granted I could have caught up latter in life but chose not to, more full me for that.

My two children have both graduated from universities with very good degrees and so now have good careers. But how much happier are they really?

We do not judge people by how much money they earn in a lifetime so should we judge them by the standard to which they were educated?. Probably not. So how do we judge people?

In truth I am not sure, but suspect that how happy they are with their life is what really counts. A good education can indeed lead to more wages and so a better standard of living but is that what makes us the happiest?

Blackhats question was "so did you fulfil the goals of your choice of qualification?"
but do people actually choose where their standard of education leads them? it seems to me that luck has as much to do with where we end up as anything.

  €dstowe 13:46 21 Jun 2008

I am a qualified medic and I specialised in psychiatry.

I now own a successful graphics design company and am, at present, negotiating the opening of an office in Chicago.

Was my education and training wasted? No, I don't think so. I've put far, far more back into the country in taxes etc. than I ever would have done as a doctor.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:07 21 Jun 2008

Qualified as an electrician, went back to college to expand my repertoire.

Now I teach elect, mech, pneumatics, hydraulics and software course for maintaining many different types of rail vehicles across the Northern hemisphere.

"so did you fulfil the goals of your choice of qualification?"

When I first qualified I never thought about teaching but its the best job I've ever done, and yes those first qualifications are still helping me today. I think I have surpassed my original goals.

  Forum Editor 16:20 21 Jun 2008

I had little idea about what I really wanted to do, because I had never had a job. I did various part-time jobs when I was there, but that was just to get money to spend in the student bars, and to take girls out - it certainly didn't equip me with any knowledge of the real world of work.

I got an English degree, but I ended up in the technology business, so my experience was much like that of many of my contemporaries and of many of today's graduates - I drifted into something that wasn't directly related to my degree. I subsequently gained some so-called professional qualifications, but they proved to be less of a help than I imagined - any progress I've made has been largely a question of being in the right place and saying the right things at the right time. My English degree has helped me to express myself, and given me a love of the language, but that's about it.

It's a funny old world.

  day2strike 16:37 21 Jun 2008

My sister decided not to go to University and started out in advertising & media.
Now as Head of Media for a large company she does not normally employ people without degrees, she herself is now studying part time for hers, but only as the company offered her the time off paid to get one.

  WhiteTruckMan 16:56 21 Jun 2008

just for the pure simple fun of it. I don't have a named degree, rather I just cherry picked whatever I found interesting at the time. It hasnt helped me one little bit, work wise though. A truck driver with a BSc? dont be silly...


  Forum Editor 17:35 21 Jun 2008

a list of things that we're lucky to have in this country I would put universities right up there amongst the leaders, and the OU would get a special mention - it has enabled huge numbers of people to get degrees when otherwise they wouldn't have had the opportunity.

As for truck drivers with a BSc being silly, I once knew a dancer with the Royal Ballet who secretly augmented her income by working as a topless dancer in a posh London nightclub, but that's another story altogether.

  Forum Editor 18:26 21 Jun 2008

"a degree course teaches you how to learn"

How true that is, and more than that, I think it can engender an increased appetite for learning. My time at university taught me that pretty well everything you want to know is out there, just waiting for you to approach it. Once you get the idea - and always assuming that you have the time - the world of knowledge is your oyster, so to speak. What you discover is that the human brain - your brain - has an almost infinite capacity for learning, provided you use it in the right way, and use it often - the key is in treating it as if it's a muscle.

  anskyber 18:53 21 Jun 2008

For me a degree course helps you to think and question, sometimes little else.

I did a so called vocational degree in town planning ( OK, Urban and Regional Planning if you want to be posh) The required one year post grad work and submission gave me membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Start to finish, six years.

Then I had to learn all over again about the real job in local government and the private sector. On the whole qualifications are about securing a bit of paper, they are simply a passport to real life learning.

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