Every once and awhile I think ‘Did I really make the best choice not going to university?’. Trust me, I love my job, the work I do, and my career path. However, sometimes I feel as though something is missing. I have always been an ‘intelligent’ (as if you can measure a person’s intelligence off of grades) person scoring a tad over 98% in high school in my top 5 classes and having a 93% averaging all of my classes. But hey, they are only high school grades right? I also finished top in the schooling provided by my employer which was roughly 960 hours dedicated to one topic. I completed this with an average of 97.6%. I also would like to say that I have common sense as well. My current job requires it. I realize that to many of you these grades mean nothing but still, I am proud of my achievements.
I am very proud of my accomplishments but really, truly – they do not mean anything. If I would go to another employer that required a university/college diploma and said ‘Hey, check this out, I got these grades in high school and am specialized in (X) field’ they would probably laugh in my face. Or completely ignore me. I am pretty sure the latter would be less harsh. If I was in charge of hiring I would do the same thing. Why would I hire a guy with no formal education aside from high school when I can hire someone who has his undergraduate? The answer is simple – I wouldn’t.
As I am pretty sure I have stated (if not on this blog, on others) I am obsessed with numbers and finances. I would LOVE to have a degree in finances. This would allow me to potentially work in the finance field or I could even just use it for my personal knowledge. Both in my mind would be profitable. Especially considering I could potentially get this education for free or for very little money. Mind you, if I decided to venture into this route it would take me at least an extra year to start my studies. Despite this, I still think this would be the best route considering how expensive university could be especially since I would not want to go to school in Quebec.
This is a purely financial decision because if I went to school where I want to go to school (vague eh?) I would save a ton of cash because I would be able to live with my parents (extremely lame I know, but the saving of thousands of dollars is not so lame). Not only would this save me from paying a ton on rent, I would receive food for free. Well, I would be paying $200 for the both but this in my books is practically nothing compared to what I am paying now.
Mind you, this is all speculation. At the moment I have no plans to drop my current career to go to school to obtain a degree in finances. Honestly, this could also be considered a stupid movie considering my current job. I still have another year before I can even be considered for this program but I think it is much better to be prepared than to arrive confused. Who knows, maybe by then I will have made up my mind.
This all leads me to believe that I should go back to school for my personal gain. It could potentially be paid so why wouldn’t I go? Right? But if I went back to school, switched to a job in the financial field, and it turned out to be boring and disappointing. I don’t know how I would take such blow. So I think I will wait the year, apply for the program and see what happens. That is all I can do for now.
What do you all think? Should I consider this more? Or should I keep my current job?