Education: What’s It Worth?

Editors Note: This post is written by Shaun Rowsell and is part of the 5th 20 Something Bloggers Blog Swap. Shaun Rowsell can regularly be found on his own blog at 20Something Gamer.

Remember when you’d be in a restaurant or a garage and your parents used to say to you “If you don’t do well in school this is where you’ll end up”?

I used to believe that statement, so I studied hard in school, got good enough results to get into a top university and I have finished my second year of a computer sciences course.

And where have I ended up, you may (or may not) ask? In a garage, working for the same people my Mum used to say didn’t do well in school.

I am in this position due to the recession we are currently in. Companies only want people with experience to fill posts, most manual labour jobs are given to foreigners who will work twice as hard for half the pay (don’t get me wrong, they’re nice people and do some AMAZING work), and stores claim I’m “over-qualified” to work there.

This begs the question… Nowadays, what is an education worth? Or does £30001 a year just get you a piece of paper to hang next to your McDonalds uniform?

One great thing though, about being like this, is when the new generation of parents say to their children, “If you don’t do well in school this is where you’ll end up” I can turn to the parent and say, “I have a University Degree, your kids gonna end up here no matter what!”

  1. ~$5000 USD