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Yes or No to a Degree in the 21st Century?

July 19, 2019 6 Comments

Yes or No to a Degree in the 21st Century?

Are you there yet?

Have you heard of Gary V? You can find him HERE! I was chatting to my son Ryan the other day when he said there's this guy on you tube and he was talking about what to do after school....I was 'hold up' I actually know Gary V!! Gary V is such an interesting person (although he throws the F word out too much in my opinion) and in one of his posts he was saying 'kids of today go live life go earn money and if you don't want to spend years educating yourself that is all good' (in a nutshell).

And okay on one level it does makes sense especially if you don't want to study after school and go to college. Plus - some kids don't know what they want to study but they follow their parents suggestions and hate it...and then they quit!

And hello us parents we do put pressure on the kids to go to University/ college and get a degree - because our understanding is that a degree is the GOLD STANDARD. But is that understanding from the 20th Century? Have we arrived yet? Here, we are in the 21st Century with loads of kids not knowing what they want to do OR in SA we do currently have a big unemployment problem so....is Gary V right?

Money does Make a Difference

In a situation where money isn't a problem then by all means go to college or take a gap year. This is not something I agree with because money should not make you irresponsible. When I was growing up (okay it might have been the dark ages to some of you) my father insisted that all his children got 3 years of Uni tuition. I chose a B.Sc and majored in Biochemistry and Microbiology - after that I went on to study for my Hons and then my PhD. My father refused to help me further and I received bank loans and also some really great bursaries (thank goodness). And I worked every weekend and during the holidays at Woolworths as a student.

It helps if you know what you want to do.

And this I think is the pivotal moment - knowing who you are and what you see yourself doing for the rest of your life! Does your school provide one with that these days? Are there too many choices? Why are the kids of the 21st Century feeling so overwhelmed that they don't have a sense of direction? To get more answers keep reading.

Some background information

When researching this dream topic I became familiar with the Gen classification system (felt like Bio actually). So the MILLENNIAL'S (Gen Y) are children born from 1980 to 2000 (and reach adulthood in early 21st Century). Compared with Gen Z who are born after 2000 therefore after the Gen Y. The main difference between these two groups is that Gen Z are born into a society that is already technically proficient. I broke it all down for us so we could see them better.....hope you find your classification!

So now I think we have a much better handle of what we are dealing with right? Our world has changed and our kids have changed and are changing. I think that the BIGGEST problem is that we don't know how to handle the changes. I look forward to seeing how Gen Alpha turns out....haha G-d help us.

Dealing with the changes
  • Obesity problems
  • Cyber bullying 
  • More stress and less sleep
  • Therapy (anxiety & depression)
  • Debts
  • Non-traditional families
  • Poverty compared to senior citizens
  •  Both parents working full time what will the impact be?
  • Internet will be used solely for education (might even do away with schools)
  • Gaming will affect social development & education

 writing is what we did at school 

 school today

 Friends/ family life today

I just want to go back and ask myself (having a degree) whether I would do it again - and I would say YES! I feel that even though I am not using it right now in this job - it gave me the framework for what I am doing in my business. Admittedly over the past 3 years I have had to constantly challenge myself so that as the world and people change I also change (so that I can keep up). But my degree gave me tenacity, perseverance and yes a certain type of training that one can only get going through 9 years of life at a University.

Honestly I don't have any answers I do think that even if you don't have a degree per se you need A BACKUP PLAN. And most importantly you really do need to be happy. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Chat soon

Gxxx

 




6 Responses

Kendra
Kendra

July 28, 2019

My dream job is to have multiple jobs! I want a cushy life and to be able to help others reach their goals who don’t have the financial means to do so

Mikayla Duminy
Mikayla Duminy

July 28, 2019

Thanks for breaking down the generations, I always get confused. I’ve noticed that the kids these days are definitely more stressed than ever. In my personal opinion, when it came to my tertiary education, all my elders in the baby boomers generation had big opinions on what I should study, but no one asked me what I wanted to do.
I eventually stood up to them and got to study towards my dream job of pastry chef.

Kaashifa Gathoo (@kaashifa_g)
Kaashifa Gathoo (@kaashifa_g)

July 28, 2019

#letthegamesbegin
To be a good doctor. I definitely want to specialize, but my list for options right now is waayyy too long and just getting longer! So for now I’m focusing on getting through med school. P. S. I definitely don’t believe it’s necessary to have a degree, there are so many things that people can do (and that they are passionate about) that does not require a degree.

Queen Phadu
Queen Phadu

July 28, 2019

I am passionate about agriculture as much as water, so owning farms as well as vineyards (that are organic)all over the country as well as cosmetic companies. I just want to be a business guru if i may summarise it because i can go on and on😂😂😂😂

Ajmina Shaikh
Ajmina Shaikh

July 28, 2019

I feel like having a degree is nice no matter what you wanna do. Degree in something is a backup plan if everything else u wana do fails. I’m still figuring out what i wanna do in life and what my dream job is❤

Riona Maharaj
Riona Maharaj

July 28, 2019

My dream job was always the become a teacher so I could pass on the knowledge I have as well as educate future generations and youth. But due to unfortunate reasons I had to change my career path. But I ain’t going to let that come in the ways of my dream job. I will still use other means to do what my heart desires. I help out at schools when I’m available and teach kids. As well as pass on life lessons to them. @rionamaharaj.. #letthegamesbegin

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