Time slips by quickly. It doesn’t stick around for anyone and it didn’t for the me that thought he could postpone making plans for the future until after graduation. Passing out of my B.Tech course was difficult enough. I didn’t think about what I’d be doing after that, foolishly thinking I still had time. Well, that time I had back then passed by in a flash.

College Degree or Workforce?

The future I was heading towards looked bleak. There were many paths I could have taken and many paths I still had to take, all of which troubled me deeply. But as of now, I was faced with two options, either to join the workforce or pursue another degree. To me, both options weren’t very different. I either had to become a slave, or train myself to become a better slave and then find a slightly richer master to enslave me.  

Look at these bracelets of mine, I got it as a bonus! Boy, they really want me to stay, don’t they!

I wasn’t happy about signing myself up for it because no matter what job you end up with, even if it’s a high-profile job, you’d have to trade your time in for a fixed amount of money.

Higher Indentured Servitude Training (HIST)

The second option, although not as appealing, kept floating about in my head, making itself visible from time to time. Many of my friends decided to take option two and spend another year or two specializing. Going abroad to Canada or the UK was on everyone’s mind, thinking it would benefit them in the long run.

Study abroad with us, and you too can land yourself a crushing student loan debt!

I had those thoughts as well, and believed something good would come out of it but I didn’t want it. I was done with my “education”. Frustrated as I was, I kept myself occupied reading and rifling out posts for my blog. These activities were my escape from the horrid reality I was forced to live. They kept me from going insane, and showed me just how potent one’s imagination can be once I put my mind to it.

I understood that schools, colleges, universities never actually delivered what they promised, but were good at marketing themselves. If a private college received more admissions than the rest, it didn’t necessarily reflect quality, but an understanding of what people were looking for.

They sell us an idea of quality, instead of the quality itself.

And why would they put in the effort to raise quality? What’s the incentive? To hire quality, they will have to spend large sums of capital to keep them there. This might be possible in top notch universities, but for private colleges, it isn’t economical, because quality professors demand quality comfort and salaries that only the top universities can provide.

Or at least that’s how I understood it.

Too Many Options

If you do X degree, you will land a career in X. If you enroll in Y course, your placement is guaranteed in Y department. The futility of educating myself the conventional way was made fairly obvious after I graduated from college. My 10th and 12th grade certificates, Bachelors in Technology and various activity courses weren’t worth a damn thing anymore. Now I needed a Masters, then a PhD and finally a rope to put all that extensive knowledge I’ve built up over the years to use; by tying that rope into a knot and hanging myself from it.

With the kind of education I received, I doubt I’d even be able to pull that off.

Enroll in both the X and Y program, and I can guarantee you this, you will turn into a woman! Okay, that was bad. I’ll slide back into my hole.

“Its Your Fault for not Studying at a Prestigious Institute like IIT or AIIMS!”

Getting accepted into a prestigious institute like the IIT’s is no joke, and those who get accepted there are one of the smartest people you’ll ever come across. If you are an IITian, then kudos to you for being in the top 1% of Indians. You worked hard and deserve whatever opportunities come your way.

Now that I’m done stroking your IITian cock, lets get back to the topic at hand.

The IITies do a pretty neat job of teaching their students how to tie knots with their career…and their rope. At least it reduces the competition…

You’re probably right. I could have landed a fairly good job had I graduated from a prestigious institute with a prestigious cock dangling between my legs. I should have studied when I had to.

Studied when I had to?

That statement really bothers me. You do realize that most of what the experts deal with in their respective fields is new information on an almost daily basis. You think they only studied when they had to? Or is their studying happening on a daily basis?

Whether you hail from AIIMS or some private college no ones even heard off, the fact remains that to get ahead, is to constantly learn. Your degrees are indicators of skills, and its the skills you develop and sharpen that matter. Your degrees at best open doors, but it’s the skills that get you employed, and keep you employed.

Here’s another fact that goes unnoticed. Why bother specializing in a particular field by taking add on courses or higher degrees? Is it to learn more about the subject we’ve taken up or is it to increase our chances of finding a higher paying job, or at least a job that will keep us afloat in this day’s economy? Definitely done out of passion, amirite?

What Specialization Really Means

The more you specialize, the deeper the trench you dig yourself into. Specialization doesn’t get you anywhere, even if you’ve received your master’s from a prestigious college. Watch as your branch of options narrows down into a single lane. It works well into the favor of those who are interested in finding out more about their subject, but never to those interested in finding themselves a job.

To spend another couple of years, studying something that dulls my mind only to get a job that pays slightly higher is stupid. It may not seem that way to you, but it is to me, which is why I opted out of it.

We are digging for hidden opportunities. Maybe we’ll discover a gold mine in our respective fields, even thought its already been dug out and replaced a million times.

But It Makes Perfect Sense If…

You’re doing it once you’ve entered a field, established some groundwork and decided to take your work to the next level.

Maybe you did your Bachelors in Mechanical engineering and started working at a thermal plant, in which case it would make sense to pursue a Masters in thermal engineering because its related to your line of work, because by then, you know where the hidden opportunities are.

You don’t specialize in the entire field, but in a particular segment, and you will only know where to start digging once you’ve been on the field, and watched others dig.

Its only foolish to pursue a Masters right after you graduate from your Bachelors just to “get ahead”, unless by getting ahead you meant becoming a professor. Westerners might not understand this, but in India, that’s what engineering is treated as. Its a basic degree; a stepping stone for something much greater, like a Master’s in Technology or an MBA. The degree itself isn’t worth anything unless you’ve received it from an IIT or an NIT which are the top engineering universities here.

Everyone is looking to go abroad in the hopes that the foreign degree they’ll pursue will amount to something worthwhile once they get back. Maybe it will, and maybe they’ll get a job and work there, but personally, I’ve decided not to.

The risks are too high, and the pay is too low.

But hey, who knows.

Maybe I’ll regret it few years down the road when I see my friends killin’ it with their foreign degrees.

Maybe I’ll delete this article to save myself from the embarrassment it will bring me.

Maybe.

Just maybe.

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