First of all, congrats to all those who have just finished high school. Now it’s your time to explore the world! “But wait, I’m away to University to study for another four years to get a real job!”…What is a real job and do we really need a degree to prove our worth in the world?
Today more than half of British graduates are working in jobs that do not require a degree. Today there are more people applying to University than ever before. The cost of degrees continues to rise while the value of the degree could be argued to be falling.
Then we struggle to get a job because we need 3 years’ experience in the industry first, the reason why we apply for the job in the first place… to get experience. Why do we do all this? To get a “real job”, to keep people happy, to prove we are doing something with our lives.
“Get A Real Job!”
When we start off in Primary school, we are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. The answer can vary from Scientist, to Lorry Driver to a Ninja. When we answer this question as a kid, we don’t take into consideration how hard the job might be or how much is paid. As a kid, we are not afraid to be wrong, we give it a go anyway. It is pure creativity and imagination.
The further on in education we move, we are told you can get the job, if you meet expectations such as passing a test and following the rules. If you say you want to become a singer and be the next Beyoncé, most of the time you will probably be told you should “get a real job”…because Beyoncé’s job isn’t real! Over time our creativity is cut away to meet other people’s expectations.
We have become obsessed with the notion that University is everything, that if you got to University, you will get a real job and you will be successful. High schools don’t help either, they heavily focus on those going to University and completing UCAS applications but what about CV’s, entrepreneurship? Well I am here to say a job is a job and there is no such thing as a real job, just do what you love to do and in the words from our very own Kallum with a K “Take advice…then ignore most of it!”
Here’s some examples of famous faces who were rejected…
- Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper from lacking imagination and ideas – did not attend University.
- Elvis was told after a performance to go back to driving trucks – did not attend University.
- Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to start his first business which failed, he tried again, this time the company was Microsoft – dropped out of University.
- Oprah Winfrey was told she was unfit for TV – went to University.
- J.K Rowling was rejected by many publishers before managing to sell Harry Potter – went to University.
Despite their rejections they kept going because they knew what they wanted to pursue and the ones that did go to University still experienced rejection. Just because you have a degree doesn’t make you immune to rejection.
I am not saying University is not an option as I have just graduated with a Business degree at 28. I went to University later, after deciding what industry I wanted to step foot in. I would not have achieved the grades I did if I was 17 because I wasn’t interested in Business then. My job sparked my interest in business.
If you don’t know what you want to do yet, that’s ok. Jump into any job, get some experience. Go travelling, experience different cultures. Start up your own business, if it fails, learn from it and try again. You might find something you do enjoy, if not, try something else. There are always options, never one road. You choose the path, there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.
Find your passion, take a step, ignore what others say, change the world, do what YOU want.