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tim2204 Donating Member (48 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-05 08:58 AM
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18. Love ,Hate
You know i have asked that very question to my self often.
As i see it having a college degree doesn't make you a better candidate for any thing It simply means that you dedicated your self to pushing the envelope for a quest of knowledge.
there are more educated derelicts in the world now then ever before, and in the industry that i was a part of for over thirty years we used to call people like that college educated idiots.
just having a degree in something doesn't mean that you can comprehend the needs of people you work with.
I myself am for the most part self taught, mostly out of necessity rather than by choice I couldn't afford to attend a college.. therefor I found other means to educate myself and found that in fact i had gained a better idea for what was expected of me and how to accomplish those means.
when i did finally take the mensa test i found that i had over a college level I.Q.
Now does that mean i am better? the answer is NO but what it means is that i am just as qualified as someone that did manage to get a degree from college, In my case it was purely by attrition and self will that i accomplished my goal.
Like you i hate the notion that we are not a good candidate simply because we don't have a piece of paper that says we are better!
After all that is what it really amounts too a piece of paper not what your knowledgeable of.
It truly is a sad state of affairs that as a society, we have been taught this lesson and continue to use that piece of paper as a reason to exclude people from jobs, when they actually may be the most qualified for it simply through personal experience.
At my age (51) I have found myself looking once more for a place in the work force that in it's self is hard enough having to overcome the age barrier and i personally think that my life experiences should indeed count for something not my education. I hope that the lessons learned here will help you in your quest for what you believe in and good luck.
for me I will continue to strive to always be the better person and persevere with pride in the knowledge that i can do what ever it takes whether or not they think otherwise.

:patriot:
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