Societal Bollocks

Don’t let them ever tell you that you’re not qualified …

It’s more times than I can remember. Doing something that I’m not (officially or formally) qualified to do, that is.

Trouble is, we live in a society that instils in us (if we allow it) the belief that you must have formal qualifications to achieve anything in life, and I just hate that! It’s so disempowering for those poor (particularly young) people who grow up believing they will be failures because they have no ‘education’.

And yet, when we look at the evidence, it’s complete bollocks!

I’m passionate about telling young people who will fail academically that they can be as successful as they choose – their lack of formal qualifications will have no impact whatsoever on their life success or happiness – that is, unless they choose to let it.

Trouble is, getting them to believe it is the challenge.

The government should be hung, drawn and quartered in my estimation, for brainwashing us into the belief that ‘everyone has the right to go to university’ when we know, psychologically, that this implies that if you don’t, you are a lesser mortal: shame on them.

Some people are particularly vulnerable to societal bollocks (my technical term), and the sooner we can dispel this anal nonsense the better.

Okay, I feel better now: rant over.

Have a nice day!

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  1. There’s a difference between thinking that “everyone should go to university” and “having no education” – I think, although your blog is a bit sparse on the detail. Does not having an education mean that you can’t spell? write? add up? And I also see plenty of young people who – potentially because they’ve ducked out of the education system – can’t THINK either. So maybe “getting them to believe it” – that they can succeed without formal qualifications – is linked to their inability to string thoughts together?

    The qualification isn’t the be-all and end-all – but it can give a sense of achievement which is relatively easily available at a young age.

  2. Sorry Karen you couldn’t be more wrong. As a leaver of formal “education” at 14 I ended up a senior executive in a large investment bank on the graduate intake panel. The amount of grads with firsts in maths and physics that 1) Can’t spell, 2) Can’t us grammar and 3) by far the worst have no emotional/social skills was huge.

    Formal education after infant school amounts to formulaic brainwashing and exam box ticking. I agree with QJ, its bollox

  3. It depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to teach, become a lawyer, become an academic, solve a few quantum physics problems you need to be educated to a higher degree. University make many types of dreams a reality for many people. The mistake is the belief that a degree means you are better at ALL types of jobs/careers.

    I believe education is good in itself. Education is an achievement in itself. I studied politics and philosophy as a mature student so that I could explore the ideas and discoveries of some brilliant minds in subjects of interest and use them to develop and advance my own ideas and actions. It wasn’t to ‘get a job’. However, jobs that require a degree are now open to me. I have increased my opportunities in the competition for work.

    That are many reasons why competition for jobs is increasing (globablisation, population growth, living longer, technological advances, etc) and employers need ways to distinguish and whittle down candidates. A degree is one of those methods used and they do seem to add value for that reason. I do not think that all degrees will mean a candidate is better at a job of course. Only that they have measurable evidence of exposure to highly complex ideas (others and their own) and research and have communicated the results in a wide range of formats. Every organisation is the sum of ideas and so it isn’t a mistake to seek evidence of complex, informed ‘thinking’. Key word is evidence. A lot of non-graduates do a lot of complex thinking too of course.

    I think everyone should value an equal right to access higher education. Education is good. Sod the exam scores. In terms of work a degree is not enough to succeed and doesn’t make anyone a good employee, and certainly has no work related value if the individual has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. However it does help in states of competition and is essential for many types of specialist roles.

    Of course, if everyone has a degree it can’t be used for competition. However, everyone will have been exposed to fascinating ideas and facts about the world (in what ever subject most interests them). Knowledge is empowering too and certainly compliments the many other attributes needed to advance the world.

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