You know the old saying how completing a degree will get you all the jobs – well, in this day and age, I completely disagree with that, well apart from certain professions, like a doctors, vets, engineers, pilots or something of that nature – but these days, knowledge and experience trumps degrees and it’s never too late to jump ship if what you originally set out to do doesn’t quite work out. Remember, it is more important to build a good set of skills and career that you will be proud of, than getting down and stressed over a uni degree that sometimes, in the future, doesn’t really matter. Coming from my own experience, I have a degree, worked in my degree profession for a year and I now work in a completely different environment – it just goes to show that it isn’t the be all and end of all of future career paths. Here’s 5 reasons why getting a uni degree really doesn’t matter…..
Do you actually know what you want to do?
At the grand old age of 18-19, do you really know exactly what you want to do? Probably not, in most cases I would say. Rather than worry about what you may get in to in the future, focus on learning as much as you can right now, if you get the chance to experience something new whereby you’re going to gain a huge amount of skills, do it! Spend time learning and taking in as much information as possible and if 3 years down the line, you realised what you studied wasn’t what you wanted as a future career, at least you would have a heap of other skills that you can put in to other roles.
Transferable skills are equally as important as education
Skills that work well with others including communicating, thinking, planning and reacting is something you develop by pushing yourself in to situations where you need to act and think quickly. The solutions you come up with may not always be the right one, but it throws you in to the deep end and gives you the experience to bounce back in future dilemmas to come. Again, these skills are gained through actually doing the task yourself and it is beneficial for employers to know that you are relatable and adaptable to all situations.
Experience, experience, experience
So you must have heard me say that all important E word – in fact, I have said it a lot so far and I can’t stress it enough. The best way to get in to a career that you love is to get the experience and skills necessary and luckily, nowadays, you can gain those skills by doing online courses, enrolling in training programs and getting in to interning. Career ideas for you can involve a huge variety, and so what if it takes you a few go's to find what suits you, you have nothing to lose. Back in 2014, I went through a bit of crisis – I basically had no direction of where my career was leading me, so I took a break and did internships in PR. The experience I gained was valuable to me until this day and I am constantly using what I learnt to help me with this blog and brand relationships. If you can and your timing allows, getting as much experience as possible will help you in the long run.
Networking is key
You will meet a ton of people with different walks of life and if they inspire you, keep them close, because you never know when they can lead you on to a career path you would have never imagined. Some people may see this come across as ‘bum-licking’, but it’s absolutely not. It’s creating an opportunity for yourself to succeed in the future. Prove what you can do, prove what you can create and more than likely, these people will remember you for your skills and knowledge, therefore they will think of you as soon as the right opportunity comes along.
Don’t stop learning
Education doesn’t just stop after school – you should always strive to learn more, to expand your skills, to develop your experience, learning is a life-long pursuit and it should continue for as long as you see fit otherwise you will be the same stagnant person forever. Don’t stop pursuing what inspires you, be it a hobby or a career path - you are constantly learning even with life itself, so always try and take in as much as you can – I mean, life is a lesson itself right?
This post is in no way, shape or form saying that education doesn't matter because it does and you should always be proud of what you have achieved. All I am saying is that you always have control over how your life unfolds - your qualifications are great, but they don’t define you and so what if you don’t know where you want your career to be in the future, you are not held down by boundaries, you’ve just got to do you boo.