You know education is important, everybody knows that. This statement has been thrown around so many times it’s become a cliché. Unfortunately, many people don’t really understand what it means, as it’s not as simple as it might seem.


The common misconception is, the more educated you are, the better job you’ll have. To some extent it’s true, if for example you’re following an academic career. Many high level jobs require you constantly work on your skills. Falling too far behind the knowledge curve of a given profession is a constant threat. What is true in some cases is not in other. Depending on the field you choose, it might turn out you’re too educated or lose to those with less degrees and certificates, because they have what you’ve been missing out on due to constant schooling, i.e. experience.


The reason behind this is that education now is cheaper and more accessible than it’s ever been. Anyone can choose from a plethora of schools, universities and various courses. Furthermore, you can now do it comfortably from your home couch, as many of the courses are available online. You can live in Finland while completing an online course in Australia, to give an extreme example.


Unfortunately, the effects of such a choice of education sources is that many people either lose the focus necessary to improve a specific skillset, or choose something that might be interesting to them, but won’t really guarantee employment. And that’s what this is all about.


Luckily, all the tools we have at our disposal make it possible for an informed individual to perform a comprehensive research, to compare various schools and online courses (e.g. http://www.coursefinder.com.au/courses/courses-by-industry/), to look at labour trends and statistics and effectively choose the correct educational path and the scope of education needed.


Long gone are the times when you needed “proper” education to get a “proper” job that brought you a decent salary. Nowadays, a skilled tradesman can earn more money than someone with a college degree working at a white collar job. This depends on where he lives – even if we take the average income and costs of living into account, the differences between what a British plumber and a Polish plumber earns are staggering. The same plumber, if he moved from Central Europe to the UK, instead of barely being able to survive, can support a family, afford a car etc. His standard of life improves drastically. With international migration being easier, cheaper and more accessible than ever, for many there is no reason to stay where they are, they can relocate somewhere where their skills and education will grant them a much better life.


To sum up: education is important, but to fully utilize the options it brings, you can’t be afraid of change, can’t be afraid of relocating and remember that only the right mix of education and experience will grant you success in many fields.

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