|A mini pumpkin pie - warm and ready to eat with double cream|
I work with so many people who are not using or have never used their university degrees and working in totally unrelated fields - was is that?!
After some long contemplation about the 'whys and wherefores' of this phenomenon, the penny dropped. Consumerism. Over the last ten years there seems to be a massive shift in education, its aims and curriculum. It is pretty easy to see it is now a huge money spinner.
I am lucky enough that two of the HM daughters are finishing their nursing degrees which have a specific end result, yet the pathways the other three HM daughters have chosen at university may well become blurred and unclear if due diligence and career determination is not applied. An unused degree is a big waste of $30K plus when our children walk out of university (college) at 22 years of age.
Folk returning to university as matured-aged students usually have a more focused outcome but even then, I have highly qualified friends who earn less than me and struggle to find and keep satisfying careers. Go figure.
Just about everyone has the chance to go to university nowadays and many do, some jumping from course to course and racking up almighty education debts with no outcome at all. I hear all too often "Oh, don't worry, we don't need to pay for it till we are earning $30k a year" (or whatever the figure is). Hello! It is still a debt that is legally payable, and whilst not charged interest, is certainly CPI adjusted year on year. I shudder at the thought of so many young folk having $30K plus debt before even being employed.
|Baked quiche made from fresh eggs|
from our hens.
Don't worry - I am a big advocate of being as well educated as we can or need to be, but I am not a big advocate of racking up a debt with some education provider based on scant pre-thought about the tangible return on our education investment dollar. I have heavily encouraged my five HM daughters to get degrees and forge careers for themselves so they can be self-reliant in this new and uncharted society that we all live in. However, I have insisted that they study something that they can use and build on in the future and are passionate about. Nevertheless, they will still need to play hard for a position in their chosen fields post graduation. University is no longer a ticket to a better pay packet or a better life like it once was....from what I observe.
|Pre-baked quiche base ready to pour the egg mixture|
over the top and bake in the oven.
I look around and see trades people with better incomes and happier lives than many university educated folk. I also see people who are courageous enough to put their hand up to take on the unlovely jobs within a corporation doing better than those sticking to their chosen disciplines. There might be a lesson or two in that.
|Pie anyone? Pumpkin pie and Autumn|
go hand in hand.
(It is Autumn here in Australia)
I see many educational providers with profit as a huge driver of their institutions rather than the quality of their courses and development of their students. So many courses are offered when universities know there are simply no jobs at the end of these degrees - its is a marked shift in approach. Maybe it has always been like this and I am only noticing it now with five daughters currently in the 'system'.
|Moussaka being layered up.....|
I know there are many exceptions to what I have written today - but I am just saying what I see. I guess I directy benefit from 80% of my staff being highly qualified and certainly over-qualified for what I employ them to do. My gain, their loss and disappointment. I could not imagine having a double degree in some discipline and having a job sitting answering phones in a call centre all day long....and yet that reality is rife.
|Sweet potato - a new hero in our kitchen these days.|
Lots to think about.......anyway -
Take care folks and stay nice
P.S. Oops...lots of food pictures again.