Education vs. Work


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