Getting the big degree with letters and a nice square hat does wonders for our job prospects. It's a known fact of life that many of the best paying jobs offer placements to graduates only, and then they want graduates from schools that have known and respected names.
Course fees are rocketing into astronomical proportions, and rising still as the years roll past. The exclusivity of the qualification into affluence and career stability is becoming clearer. With many students feeling that their particular degree isn't likely to earn a pay large enough to pay their debts, only those select few with high grade qualifications in big city work are likely to achieve financial freedom.
There must be another way, and surely we can look at the principles in a closer detail. What does the degree actually say? It shows dedication and ability to learn. It also says that this person is able to carry out complex learning while living an independent life. The school will distinguish between those who want to be high fliers and those who want to just do something good with their lives. Oxbridge degrees tend to land much better paid jobs. There is a reason for this, the institutions have a long established tradition of excellence. They only choose the highest achieving students and then push them beyond the scale of other schools.
How can we compete, if this path of further education is not available to us? We can show that we can do the same things, and demonstrate with our experience that we too have done all the things a student may have done. Even attaining skills from top schools is a matter of applying, and although shorter and online, this lowers delivery costs to a minimum yet carries that same brand of school which we know works so well.
As an artist will produce a portfolio of their work to show a natural progression and a demonstration of artistic ideals, a future employee can show a similar array of things on the curriculum vitae, and express ability in many areas if they take the steps to gain it. An independent self guided education and involvement in life situations beyond that of the home and friends is a powerful element of what being a student is about, this matters and shows employers that the person is capable. We too can show this, with the correct life experience and skill sets.
Not being able to take part in the one side of life that costs money to do does not mean that we do not have equal ability to go and take things into our own hands and get the right skills and life experience that really matters and in the long run could potentially wipe a newly graduated person away with simple logic of choice, but that would always be a matter for the employer to make the decision. Our job as willing and capable people is to not let societies little gaps stand in our way. Go for the scholarship, go for the funded option, or just go and do it all yourself and prove it on paper with everything you do for yourself. It's the time taken that matters most.
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