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Is a Degree That Important? May 14, 2007

Posted by WishBoNe in Books, Career, Emotions & Feelings, Random Thoughts.

Sweet 18 is being re-run on Sundays. The recent episode showed Jung-shook being called to attend Hyuk-joon’s university reunion dinner. Jung-shook was asked immediately which university she had graduated from. She felt that it would be a lost of face if she told them she wasn’t from one and started a story of being a graduate in an Italian university. However, she was nearly caught when being forced to sing an Italian song on the stage.

Hyuk-joon rescued her by singing a song of his own. This made Jung-shook’s affection for him grow further. At the end of the reunion, Hyuk-joon said he would forget the fact that she lied about her academic credentials. Jung-shook was upset because he could have told the audience the truth instead of helping her when she told him the reason.

[via Photobucket uploaded by Rilank] This episode reminds me of why we study so hard for a degree but forget that others may not have the fortune to even get a degree. We look down on those who don’t have one. We have always held the thinking that by holding a degree, we’d get a good paying job. All we want is to be able to eat 3 meals a day and have a roof over our heads.

Holding a degree doesn’t necessary mean that we are clever. We are just book-smart. Can we survive the office politics? Can we be street-smart? Are those rich entrepreneurs degree holders?

The place where we live in tell others that we are rich or middle-income or poor. The job that we are holding tells others what our income level is. If we are rich, we are admired. If we are poor, we are pitied. What kind of lives are we living?



1. - May 14, 2007

It’s the effect of globalisation. The more advance we are, the higher educated we must be in order to secure a well paid job.

Millions of graduate from China are jobless because there are so many of them but little job available. Many in a few years time, you might find a diploma student cleaning the toilet or a toilet supervisor.

2. WishBoNe - May 14, 2007

There are degree holders as taxi drivers now. That’s why so many are resorting to other means to earn some extra cash too.

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