Sherry Young: Education is more satisfying than wearing a glass slipper

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  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    May 23, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    To "Wasatch Rebel" it all depends on what you want to do in the long term. I have known engineers that have gone on to become financial advisors. I knew a 70 year old engineer that never went to college. There are quite a few computer programming jobs that do not require a diploma, just skill. There are many manufacturing supervisory jobs that do not require a college education. Things like electrician, plumber, welder, and other similar career fields do not require a college education because you learn through apprenticeships.

    What is it that you want to do for a career?

  • Wasatch Rebel Kearns, Utah
    May 22, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    RedShirtCalTech, of course you're right, and that's what I do...well, I attended college for three years long ago, dropped out to take a government job (postal service) and have been there ever since. Not what I would've desired for my life's work, but it has taken care of my family all these years. I highly believe in self-education, but not many companies are willing to hire you without a piece of paper that says "Graduate" on it.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    May 22, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    To "Wasatch Rebel" you don't have to go to a college or university to obtain an education and preparation for a career. Trade schools are available and prepare people for good paying jobs that can never be outsourced and are in high demand.

    Education does not begin with kindergarten and does not end with highschool or college. Education continues for as long as you are willing to pick up a book and learn something new.

    I finished college 12 years ago, but I am still learning new things and becoming more educated.

  • Kinderly Riverdale, MD
    May 22, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Beautiful sentiments. I think some women plan to be full-time mothers and don't realize that almost all women will spend some of their adult life working in a job. So much the better if it is satisfying work and pays better. I know too many women who are surprised to find themselves needing employment and because their wage is low, they have to work a lot of hours, away from their families, to meet the financial need.

    I agree with Wasatch Rebel that debt is a problem in this push for education. Find a way to go to school with out debt. It is especially doable going to one of the church owned schools, where the tuition is so low and so many scholarships are available.

  • Wasatch Rebel Kearns, Utah
    May 22, 2014 6:05 a.m.

    I know education is important, but getting degrees at universities leave so many of us in nearly insurmountable debt. It's very frustrating to have getting an education hammered at us, while at the same time, we end up crippling ourselves with debt if we do try and get a college degree.

  • minnie, mapleton, UT
    May 21, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    Thank you for the article. I think its a must read for every young woman. Love of learning opens doors of all kinds. Parents should encourage daughters as well as sons.

  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    May 21, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    An educated woman = educated children. Amen to this article!