To have a degree is a good thing. I will say that at the start because I am not suggesting that having a degree does not help your career, it educates you in the field you wish and indeed can be a necessity when you come to pursue that career.
If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, whatever, a degree is a necessary in the path you have chosen to take.
What I don’t like is the mentality that some people have, to those of us that don’t have a degree. That we are automatically considered stupid, or not as good as the people who have one. I am not sweeping tar brush over all people with degrees, but there is a percentage of people that do think that way. I come across them regularly.
I chose not to go to university. I got decent grades at school and after leaving, the pull of a wage was too much for me and I got a job instead. I became an office junior, the lowliest office position as has to be said.
I know myself well enough and the choice I made for myself then, I don’t regret now. I have never aspired to be a doctor, teacher etc and I have always valued being happy in my personal life over any career aspirations.
I worked my way up through the ranks over the years and now I work for a partner in a large well respected firm. I am happy in what I do and am happy that I got there on my own. I’m not in a job with a massive wage, my career doesn’t contribute to society like a doctor or a teacher, but it's what I want and enjoy.
I’ve had people say to me “Ah but if you have gone to university, you would have a degree and think where you could have been now” or on a more condescending note “Oh you’re more little intelligent than I gave you credit for, having no degree and that”.
From someone who is actively using their degree in a career that they have worked towards, I can take that to a certain extent. What really gets on my wick however are the people that went to university, got a degree, good one or bad one, and then don’t use it.
I have met people, and know people who went to university, got a degree and now work in a job, unrelated to the degree in any way, shape or form. Most of the time this is in a job which is lower down the payscale and position of my own.