Reality sucks! About slightly more than a year ago, I was jobless and was out searching for a dream job. I looked at every job listed on all the job listing sites and newspaper. 99% of those I want to try for needs at least a Degree in the respective field of work. Why is it so important to have that piece of paper? Shouldn’t experience and work attitude be more important?
I am not saying I’m the most excellent employee any boss can have, but at least I’m always committed to my job. When I take up an offer, I go all out for the company and my team. My direct officers always enjoy working with me and gives good testimonial about my positive attitude.
When I was teaching, everyone in school knew how much time and effort I spent on my duties. Many times I went beyond my responsibilities and helped those who came to me for help. Although I was only a beginning teacher in that first year, I felt like I’d worked there for many years already. I thought I could stay in education forever and contribute my passion and small knowledge to those who needs.
But sadly, I was being back stabbed. By the very person whom I’d trusted and “slaved” for from the beginning of my teaching career. It was a painful farewell, and looking back now, I feel very silly to have believed in her when everyone around me was telling me I had to be very careful with this woman. But I still sympathizes with her life. Wonder if she’s still alone after so many years.
Still… without a degree, staying in the education ministry will just means that I’ll have to forever remain being lower paid than all those who may not be doing as much as I am but owns a degree. It’s a harsh reality. No matter how much you’ve contributed, your pay check will still never matched those who degree. And the position one can hold with a diploma is stuck too. Want to become a HOD? Go get a degree first!
After my teaching career ended, I got into a job which I’d dream of during that period of time. I was so in love with the things I do, I thought I could stay on and hang on to it. Even though the hours was crazy and the labour work involved was kinda heavy for my weak back. I went on. I was driven by my passion and love for the team. The year working with the team taught me many things. It also gave me a better understanding of human emotions, especially women. (Sad right? I’m a woman but I hardly understand why other woman behave in a certain way.) And I also came to conclude that I am a very very direct person. And sometimes I should step back and tone down before acting (especially when handling things with my same species). Cause not everyone is as straightforward as me.
Due to my back injury and tired mind, I left.
The next job I got into was a rather short one. If I’m not wrong, everyone in the same level as me holds at least a degree. And I felt that I was being treated like an outcast. Woman A is super bitchy and is super close friend with Woman B. Woman B sees herself as the boss as the real boss was just too busy with other things that he’d trusted Woman B to hold the ford. Woman B treats everyone as if everyone owes her their life. When Woman A bitched about me with Woman B, without confronting and finding out my POV, I was very furious. After hearing so much complains about Woman A and B from those who’d not much say in the company, I left. It was an eye-opening few months. If Woman A and B had shown that they were more capable and responsible and organised, I would have respected them for it. But sadly, I find them messing up too much things. I’m glad I’d left. Although the pay was pretty attractive, but why suffer for money? After I left, other guys in the company left too. They couldn’t take it.
Alright… after grumbling so much, I find that I’d blogged out of point! But the whole idea of all the above is, so what if one has a good degree when that person has very bad attitude or is disorganized? As an employer, would you rather pay someone with only a diploma that will whole-heartedly contribute and has the passion for the job, or a degree holder who may not have that much passion?
It’s very stressful for me to know that I’m being surrounded by so many degree holders. Even my mates from school are mostly holding a degree. Except me. But I always tell myself this – “It’s not about the paper qualification. It’s about you as a person and your passion. It’s ok with just a diploma.”