Can we live without a university degree?Dec 12th, 2010 | By meliha | Category: Features
Halle Berry, Oscar winning actress, Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. Henry ford, creator of Ford Motors, Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft, Steven Speilberg, Movie director/producer, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
Now in this list of wealthy famous celebrities, what is the one thing that they all have in common? Not one of them has a university degree to their name.
That’s right, despite what your teachers say, you can achieve huge success without a strong academic portfolio.
In the past few weeks we have seen British students take to the streets in protest as the new coalition government raises the country’s tuition fees up to £9,000. This announcement has brought anarchy to the streets as everyone becomes a target to the wrath of the undergrads.
But what will the students really achieve from all this protest. The decision has been made and however much we shout and scream the decision is not about to be revoked. This is the harsh reality that we face. With a country that holds a debt in billions, and is in danger of seeing many more face unemployment the concern on how to pay back our tuition fees will eventually become the least of our problems.
So why not follow the footsteps of our American greats mentioned before us. In America attending university and paying for higher education is a luxury for most. Unless you excel and gain an education scholarship, the chance of working class parents sending their children off to University is minute.
So now is the time for British students to become creative. If we can’t get the government to reduce the tuition fees, then we must demand an alternative. Provide paid internship opportunities, encourage companies to take on enthusiastic entrepreneurs’ with a PHD in street smarts. Learn the trade as you work, it beats spending the rest of life drowning in debt. By working you build up an impressive portfolio of work and contacts that you are unable to do behind your desks at university.
So before we start our own French revolution and turn against our authoritarians, think about how we can take full advantage of this situation. On my search for a job, I have found my university degree has been little help, but the work and experience I have achieved after that has pushed me over the top.
This is our time to be creative and step out, with internships and starter jobs we can achieve so much more then wasting three years at uni. So before we trash the country lets grab all the opportunities we can, before the world becomes too afraid to hire us.