I heard the other day about a company that requires all their employees to have a college education. This company delivers packages, now tell me why would one need a college education to drive a vehicle and deliver packages. It seems more and more employers are doing this. No wonder, it is hard for some people to acquire employment.
There are always going to be jobs for people that are not white-shirt and tie, behind a desk job. Some people really enjoy the work they do, be it digging ditches, reading utility meters, hauling trash, repairing motor vehicles, mining in the dirty, dusty, dangerous coal mines, delivering newspapers or mail. I could go on and on listing the thousands of jobs that people are working on everyday that keep our world turning and making our lives easier, but none of these positions require a college education to fulfill their duties.
Not all who graduate high school are interested in college and have no desire to go even if they have money to attend. The schools push all students to attend college. Why do they do this? It is stressful for some students in school and with being told it is best for them to go to college so they can get a better paying job makes it more stressful for them.
A college education is great and I am thankful there are scholarships that help those attend that could not attend otherwise. Some jobs require a college education and more training even after college and that is understandable. I believe though that we need to recognize that going to college is not everyone’s desire nor necessary.
I have a dear friend who is considered one of the best in her field, she makes very good money. Her job and the positions of the others that work in her division are vital to our country and someone is working there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When my friend applied for the job she was tested and they did an extensive background check on her from the day of her birth till the minute she applied for the job but she was not required to have a college education. She has worked there for many years and has done well because she has the natural abilities and talents to perform her job well. No college education needed.
I also know people who are working for minimum wage or a little more than minimum wage who have a college education. Others I know attended college, studied and worked hard and still cannot find employment after college because they have ‘no training’ for doing the job they applied for. How did that college education help them? I know people who have been turned down for job positions and were told they are over qualified for the job. To me that makes no sense, students are pushed to get a college education and then they can’t get a job because they are over qualified? Explain that one to me. What a mess, no wonder some young people are so confused about what to do to make a living for themselves.
I would love to see the schools give all students choices in after high school training and not try to make college a need for all. Let there be lots of ‘on the job’ training available, add more variety to the vo-tech classes and find other helpful resources for those who prefer not to attend college and stop putting pressure on them to attend when it is not necessary for the job they are planning for. Make packets and have conferences with them like the counselors do for the ‘want to be’ college bound students and treat those who do not want to go to college as if they are the important students that they are. If financing is needed to help with training then put in place scholarships for the non college bound students as well.
Maybe if schools and society would not cause people to feel inferior because they do not want or have a college education a lot of our young people would be a lot less stressed and enjoy school more. And please…why would an employer think it necessary to have a college education to drive a truck? How ridiculous is that?