After being confused about what I wanted to do, switching my major three years into my degree and the many many breakdowns, I am here to tell you if University was all worth it. If you asked me this question last year I would have probably told you no but that's because I had no idea what I was doing nor was I in the right program.
It is so vital that you go to school for something that you thoroughly enjoy because if you jump into something that you don't like it will make your experience miserable. That means if you are unsure about what you want to do then take the time to figure it out. For some reason we like to think that there is some kind of age restriction when it comes to school. I would love to tell everybody to take your time in University however time is money which is why a lot of people, including myself try to get out of there within a reasonable time. However, taking that time to figure things out before applying for school will actually save you time and money.
My thought process going into University was to go into something that reflected my marks in certain subjects in high school. I didn’t have the best grades in English so I didn't do anything that involved writing. I didn't think I was good at doing anything creative because of my grades. But I was good at math so I went into accounting at MacEwan. I was absolutely miserable throughout the three years that I took accounting. In the summer before my fourth year I decided to take a leap of faith and switch my major. I jumped into management and I absolutely loved it. Switching majors is actually very common in university and although terrifying, it was the best decision I've made. To me it made all the difference when I went into something that I was passionate about and I liked. When I was thinking about going into University I was determining whether I wanted to go for psychology or business. I ended up picking business but took many electives in psychology. I've always loved to learn about people and what motivates people in organizations. So I thought management gave me the best of both worlds.
People who know me know that I have a love and hate relationship with the school system. I love learning but I do think that the education system needs to be restructured to adapt different types of learners. I also think it's quite hard to ask high school students in grade 12 to decide what they want to do for the rest of their life. I'm 21 and I still think it's ridiculous to ask me what I want to do for the rest of my life. In addition, grades do not determine success all the time. For many years I didn’t write or explore any of my creative side because I let my grades in school define me. I think one of the beauties in life is the fact that we all have the ability to reinvent ourselves at anytime. Therefore, you might do something for X amount of years and decide to do something else and that's okay. Why do you have to stay in one career field for the rest of your life? To me, the best work is doing something you're passionate about, not because of the money or incentive. For me, thats photography, writing, and expressing my creativity. I just think there is bliss in doing what you love.
Experience is Everything
Honestly, experience in the workplace for a potential career is so important. School will only get you so far but experience will continuously help you grow. A lot of people tell you to go to college so you can get a good job and make a good living for yourself. They also say that it will differentiate you from others, but if everybody's being told this and everybody's going to school to get a college degree are you really differentiating yourself? Therefore, if your in school, co-op and summer jobs are your best friend. It's also a great way to differentiate yourself because having experience in your your field will help you tremendously. If possible, experience in an industry your interested in would actually be beneficial before you decide to go to school for something. There is this overwhelming anxiety when you graduate especially when you don't know what you want to do. Plus, its difficult to find a job right out of school that doesn't require 3-5 years experience in the field. A lot of entry level jobs only require High school Diplomas, so you start to question whether the four years you spent in school was worth it. To me, school is never a waste of time, but you have to combine it with experience. Experience is the only way your really going to know if you like a job or not. If it wasn't for my accounting summer job that made me realize I did not like accounting I probably would be graduated with a degree and either be miserable in that field or not use it at all.
So is it Worth it?
A misconception is that a degree is going to get you a great job right from the start with amazing pay but that's not the case. Even with a University degree you have to start at the bottom. More so, a degree doesn't guarantee you a job. No matter if someone has a college degree or no college degree every successful person has put in dedication and hard work in whatever they did. Therefore, it is very dependable on the situation, how you feel about school and how you think it will benefit you. I feel like I could have grown my photography and blog if I didn't go to school however I did learn things in school that are going to help me in my future career. I don't regret going to school but I do feel that my degree is one of those where I could have went one way or the other.
This year has been such an eye-opening year and I learned so much about myself and what I like. It confirmed to me that accounting was not for me and that management was the best switch. However, as I was getting closer to graduation I was starting to get a lot of anxiety about the future. people can say that this is normal however when we are told to go to university it's because they are going to prepare us to enter the workforce after 4 years. Unfortunately, I felt so unprepared and extremely nervous. Therefore, to answer the question I think college is optional. I do not think it's for everybody and its really difficult when you pursue a degree that you're either uninterested in or you're never going to use.
Overall, I am proud that I graduated with my Management degree. I would love to hear what you think. Is College or University worth it? But For now, I am saying Ciao as I am heading off to Europe for an post graduation adventure! I will talk to everyone soon!