- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I just saw a thread asking for everyones highest level of education completed and it got me thinking about the whole college thing. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t go to college (well thats a lie, I did a few semesters at community college but it wasn’t for me) but do I regret it? Absolutely not.
Neither Fiance or I went to school yet we both have great, well paying jobs and not a penny of student loan debt. Fiance is a mac developer who makes a nice chunk of change and I’m an auditor. I dont make as much as he does but I make enough to live off of solo if I had to.
FI’s brother has a 4 year degree from a private school, a BOAT LOAD of student loan debt and a job (which has nothing to do with his major) that pays considerably less than Fiance makes. The same goes for his wife as well as a number of our friends. They all went to school and got a degree yet none of them do anything close to what their degree is in. They also have student loan debt that they will be paying off for decades.
I totally get that for a number of jobs (doctors, lawyers, nurses, other professionals, etc…) a degree is a must but I would be curious to see how many people are like my Future Brother-In-Law and have a degree though its basically useless.
The jobs that my Future Brother-In-Law, Future Sister-In-Law and friends have could have been obtained having just gotten a High School diploma. I would consider their current jobs their “careers” since they have been there for a number of years.
I know my Future Brother-In-Law is bitter over the fact that Fiance makes considerably more money than him and doesnt have any student loan debt yet he has the degree and nothing to show for it but I guess thats just the way the cookie crumbles. It seems like lately, having a degree isnt as important to employers as it used to be. My job required a degree but do I have one? Nope, but I still got the job! Same goes for Fiance. While everyone else was slaving away in class, we were getting work experience to add to our resumes.
This is in no way a bash to those who have degrees. I think thats AWESOME! I will of course influence my future kids to seek higher education but if they dont want to then they certainly dont have to. You CAN be successful without a college degree. Fiance could pretty much be the poster child for this!
So my questions are:
If you have a degree, do you actually work in a profession where your degree was required?
If you dont have a degree, do you regret not having one or have you done just fine for yourself without it?