[ubuntu-uk] Advice for the future

Chris Rowson christopherrowson at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 15:40:30 BST 2007

On 17/10/2007, Matthew Larsen <mat.larsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 17/10/2007, Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It'd be interesting for people to put their money where their mouth's
> > are, and tell us what they do for a living and what their level of
> > qualification is.
> Matt: Placement year doing contract work (primarily analysis / design
> and rollout management). I'm not sure what I want to do when I
> graduate hence placement year.

So you're still studying then? Whilst this is great, it's kinda a
no-brainer that you'll be pro-degree mate as you're not in the
employment arena yet :-P

> > Anyone who is currently on a degree course is of course going to say
> > that it's the best way forward, as alternately anyone who hasn't got
> > one is going to say it doesn't matter...
> Likewise anyone who isnt on one is going to say how pointless they are
> ... cyclic argument.

If you read that back again, you'll notice that I already said that.....

> But look at the facts:
> 1) Graduates make more money (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6999510.stm)
> 2) You move up the management chain more quickly (virtually every
> company has a grad scheme)
> 3) You open your oppertunities massively
> If you have the opportunity, you really should go. You could go do
> llama farming in Peru when you graduate: you might as well get a
> degree before you do!
> I really do not understand why there is so much opposition to what I
> am saying. I am not criticising people without degrees, i'm advising
> Jai that if he wants the best opportunities you need to get a good
> degree from a good university. Yes, you can get into the industry
> without one, but for the reasons mentioned above it is well worth
> going for it.

Matt, noone is opposing what you say. The difference is that not
everyone is throwing up their arms and agreeing with you. Whilst it'd
be nice if everyone did, everyone has an opinion on the matter and
you're not likely to change it very easily ;-)

It's great that you're doing your IT degree and that you're enjoying
it mate, but noone is gettng at you because you are. You're obviously
100% assured that you made the right decision and that's great, but
remember -what was the right decision for you isn't always the right
decision for everyone else :-D



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