Jun 2, 2011

The worst of times

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."

I strongly believe in the ethos above because I am a personal testament of how education can transform not only a person but future generations of a family. With recent times and increasing age, my thinking of what exactly education entails has evolved; book learning isn’t the be-all and end-all.

I had the unfortunate timing of attaining my bachelor’s degree in 2004 and Master’s in 2008. I say unfortunate because these graduations coincided with two recessions, the last of which we are still reeling from.  I’ve had to reassess my thinking of what it means to be a young professional – those $100k/year jobs aren’t falling like manna from the sky no matter how stellar my grades were or how I actively engaged in networking activities.

I have to carve out my own place in this world. The degrees that will aid me in passing myself off as a subject matter expert are valuable, and I wouldn’t return them under duress, form only part of the whole picture. I need to continually learn from people involved in activities in which they find meaning and fulfilment – inventors, entrepreneurs, community activists, writers, etc, as a complement to the knowledge I've attained thus far. This way I'll have a grasp of today's reality and prepare adequately for tomorrow! 


Those $100 000/year jobs don't fall from the sky. It's important to find your niche and run with it. We're probably in the stiffest job-market in history right now. Stiffer than a cyclist's back! Where all this will end, no-one knows.

This job market is no joke. I'm grateful to be gainfully employed and enjoy what I'm doing. But it's certainly making me reach out and find that niche because things are so uncertain and job cuts are still happening left and right.

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