Education vs. Work


4-01-04


English 101/Section U


Essay #4


There is an unfortunate dilemma that many people are forced with everyday. The


choice to either stay in school and get an education, or opting to not finish school and


start working for a living. Now, the ideal person can do them both. And if you have the


opportunity to do so then I’m all for it. But everybody’s situation isn’t like that. The


importance of staying in school and getting an education has always been stressed,


whether it be by family or through television ads. Even though I can’t sway on either


side, I hope to give you my informative opinion on this matter.


Now, when it comes to getting an education, everyone should at minimum have a


high school diploma. Even after attaining a diploma, one should heavily weigh their


options of going to college or working a full-time job. It may not be the right time for you


to go to college(depending on finances, leaving home for the first time, or getting use to


college life.)or you may not find the right job(convenient, salary, or timing may be


wrong.)but whatever your reason for choosing what you do, there should be some logical


explanation for it. In other words, don’t just do something for the sake of doing it.


Because you’ll be sorry you did.


On the other end of the spectrum, if you decide to start working, you should be


doing something that you really like doing. If at all possible. I’ll give you a very notable


example. There are kids who decide to come straight out of high school and leap right


into the NBA. In my opinion, if you’re guaranteed to become a millionaire by all means,


take the money and get an education later. But obviously that’s not everyone’s situation.


If you can get a job making decent money then you should take the job and be sure to get


an education later, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself. Only you know


what’s best for you at that particular time. At worst you’ll learn for your mistakes.


I’ll tell you what my choice was. To me it seems like I had the best of both


worlds. After I graduated from high school I choose to become a paramedic. That took


only two years to complete. This was totally my choice; no one pressured me into doing


it. I love what I do and the money is all right. The choice for me to go back to school and


pursue a degree in Business Management was all mines also. I decided my wife and


daughter were going to be use to having only the best. If I had it all to do over again I


wouldn’t change anything. I don’t regret what I’ve done and I’m glad it happened the


way it did.


In the end it all boils down to following your heart. Many people are going to tell


you to either do this or do that, but the choice is ultimately up to you. No matter what you


choose, even if it doesn’t work out, it’s not like it’s the end of the world. Just try


something else. That’s the great thing about education; you’re never too old to get one.


My personal opinion would be to believe in yourself, only you know what’s best for you.


And finally, I just would like to say that there is no substitute for hard work, what you put


in it is what you’ll get out of it. And remember the greater the risk , the greater the


reward.