I know several people who have gone to university/college for several years and earned a diploama/degree(s) but are unable to find work related to their education. With the downturn in the economy some that have found a job are working for minimum wage or not a whole lot more. If you have a post secondary diploma/degree, are you working in the field that you were trained in? Do your earnings justify the cost & time you spent getting your education? Was it hard to find a job in your field with an unstable economy?
Post Secondary Education
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:54 PM
It seems like universities have become addicted to ever greater enrollment and go on graduating students. The administrators always claim that people don't go to university to get a job all while speaking out the other side of their mouths of the economic benefits of a degree.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:10 PM
Well, even when I worked as a vet tech I made crap for money. But, I knew getting into the profession that would be the case. It is only a 2yr college course though so and was only around 15,000. I did work as a vet tech for 17yrs. The main issue with being a vet tech is there are only a few schools in Ontario that offer the course so, many people from Windsor take the course. I could get a job in another city fairly easily. (I could get a better paying job in another city with my experience too).
Is it worth is. If I had to do it now, I'd say yes, only if I was willing to move.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:27 PM
went to college, not working in my field mostly due to government cut backs in social services. Now I am paying off a student loan with no income
Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:54 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:13 AM
My daughter went to school for PSW 3 years ago, she works in a restaurant. She couldn't find anything that gave her enough hours to survive on as a PSW. Most jobs in this field are a couple hours a day to start, the schedules aren't even consistent so that you could work a second job so she gave up looking. The pay was not very good either.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:26 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:27 AM
Thanks for the info but she is expecting a baby in April so she isn't looking right now. I will let her know for the future.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:17 PM
I graduated from ECE in college and took a couple ASL courses. I worked on-call in daycare centers for a while, then a factory, then in an office, then started running my own home daycare and infant sign language classes. I don't regret taking ECE at all because it made me a better parent as well as a caregiver. College seemed to be much cheaper back then too.
I'd love to go back to school for a couple things, but the cost and the possible lack of work in the fields I'm interested in are huge deterrents to me doing it.
Edited by emmsmama, 05 February 2013 - 02:18 PM.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:39 PM
Went to College for 3 years and got a job a year after school and making great money now. You really have to be smart of what you go to school for now a days. My biggest concern is that I wanted a job with full benefits (even post benefits) and pension and thats what I got. Couldn't be happier!!!