It is important to get an education if you want to succeed in life, but you don’t always realise this when you’re a youngster, as you’re more interested in socialising and having a laugh with your friends. However, if you don’t make an effort at school and fail to get the qualifications you need to continue with your education this could affect the job choices you make. A lack of education generally restricts the options available to you, as with so much competition in the job market you need to make yourself stand out for the right reasons.
Clearly, if you apply for a job and don’t even have the most basic qualifications you are hardly likely to stand out as the best candidate for the job when there are equally experienced individuals who also have the right training and qualifications. Without an education you can’t expect to be able to apply for the highest paid jobs and to then be asked to attend an interview, as these jobs usually require you to have had some kind of further education. If you haven’t been to college or university there is a good chance you will be restricted to unskilled, low-paid jobs, unless you decide to go back to school at some point.
There are only so many unskilled jobs to go around, particularly as a significant number of manufacturing jobs have moved abroad to places such as China and India where employment costs are lower. Thus, without an education you could find that it is a struggle to find any kind of work, as you’re competing against high school students for jobs in supermarkets and fast food restaurants. It can be rather disheartening to find yourself stuck in a job that doesn’t pay very well and which students are doing as a way of earning some cash before going to college when you are doing it is a full-time job.
Even if you get an education there are no guarantees you will end up with a high-flying career, but you certainly increase your chances of getting a well-paid job that you enjoy doing by working hard at school and going on to college or university to work towards advanced qualifications. Although it can sometimes be difficult to motivate yourself to put enough effort into your school work, it is better to stay in school and get some qualifications than to drop out and end up doing a job you hate that you are unable to escape from.