Originally Posted by vespacat
Let's factor out jobs requiring grad school and the quality of life that one may expect comes along with that. They're a minority of the North American population.
I think there will be a much higher demand for trade school positions -- there is such a high drop out rate among high school students today that the likelihood of those people getting their high school equivalency and moving into trades is foreseeable. Tradespeople can make big bucks. If there is the demand, and there always will be with trades, there will be good money to be had.
Actually, You have hit on something here..Trades is big right now in terms of schools and orgs. actively recruiting..
The reason? For a long period of time, it was more acceptable, due to the recession and society in general, to attend University. There were no jobs and the ones there were required post secondary schooling. Hence, a larger percentage of the people went to University than normally would have, attained useless (relatively as NO degree/education is inherently worthless) degrees.
It was at that point (about 10 years ago) where I really saw the bar raising in society.
It was unheard of for people to drop out of high school at that time (again, relatively) as there was literally nowhere to go but down. You literally needed a BA to work anywhere. It was depressing. Those competitive enough went on to graduate school.
Now, as people hadn't entered Trades for a long time, people are retiring and they need new blood.
A girlfriend of mine just graduated with her welding certificate..
I would add the caveat though that there is nothing like furthering yourself in terms of formal education. Its not about acquiring knowledge per se, its about learning how to really utilize your brain WHILE applying that knowledge.
That is what further education really did for me, in any event.
And for those who have stated about "people flaunting their degrees"...I agree. Its bothersome. I would never judge anyone for lack of a formal education. There is always something everyone can teach you. However, I often get the flipside of that (where people feel anxiety because you went to school and they didn't and so they overcompensate).
And while a life education is equally as valuable as a formal one, it won't matter how well networked you are if your idea of success is to become a lawyer, doctor, engineer, or marine biologist or anything that requires a piece of paper written in latin
...This is when a degree plus prof. recommends, plus work practicuum AND networking is what is necessary!