Rethinking the value of university degrees

By Minh Phuong   May 4, 2024 | 10:00 pm PT
Holding two university diplomas from top schools in sought-after majors, one might expect a clear path to career success. However, my reality paints a different picture.

Despite my academic achievements, I find myself navigating life with part-time work from the confines of my home.

My journey took an unexpected turn when I fell severely ill, an ordeal that has left me with about 80% of my health and a reduced capacity for work. The aftermath of this illness means I tire easily, making full-time employment an impossibility. My days are now split between a half-shift job and freelancing from my bed, where I can rest as needed.

I've also taken on data entry and reporting—a job that demands no specific degree, just a solid grasp of office software and the ability to think on my feet. This role allows me the flexibility to work from home and rest when necessary, thanks to assistance from a hired helper who manages data collection.

This experience has led me to a pivotal realization: a degree is not the be-all and end-all. While a university education is a valuable tool for earning a living, it does not guarantee a high-paying job or prestigious position. The belief that a degree should dictate our career path and status is a limiting mindset that can hinder our potential in both work and life.

The idea that one must work in a specific field, at a certain level, simply because of their academic credentials, is a fallacy. Opportunities are everywhere—not just in metropolitan areas or within the walls of major corporations.

By fixating on the supposed prestige of our degrees, we risk overlooking the essence of work: to utilize our abilities in the most fitting context, considering our current situation and health.

I urge young individuals to step back and reassess. Instead of waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along, be proactive. Adapt, adjust, and be willing to explore paths less trodden. Remember, success and fulfillment come in many forms, not just the ones we initially imagine.

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