Originally Posted by ssc456
Personally i've found it depends on the individual. I'm 21 and i have friends that were in my year at school who have gone to college and university and are now in £15,000 + worth of debt, have come out of university to find they can't get a job to pay more than £16,000 a year as even tho they have graduated uni the jobs just arent out there.
So there course has currently been.
16 leave school
17 go college
18 go university -£4000
19 University -£4000
20 University -£4000
21 get a job for £16,000 a year
there current earnings at 21 years of age £4,000
Me on the other hand i started from the bottom and worked my way up. . .
16 Leave school
17 Job in a call centre £12,000 a year
18 Job on a Help Desk £16,000 a year
19 Job as a system admin £18,500 a year
20 Job as a technical support admin £23,000 a year
21 Job as a developer £30,000 a year
My current earnings at 21 years of age £99,500 . . .
I know if someone took me back in time and asked me which path to choose i'd choose the same one.
Yes that has been a problem being technically over qualified & certain careers hard to get in but then again you should have other career options....
Personally I have been through 4 major career changes in 40 years employment and this could be the norm these days opposed to a person doing only 1 career in their lifetime as it use to be many years ago.
Employment prospects have always been a gamble imo.
PS: these days most schools/colleges have career councilors to consult where in my days none really existed.