By Anonymous - 30/12/2008 11:16 - France
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For all the narrow minded people out there: plumbers do more than fix peoples toilets. Have you ever wondered how the water magically appears at your kitchen faucet? Or the sprinkler systems in buildings? Or even how the gas gets to your stove or fireplace? Fixing a toilet is just .05% of our trade. Smarten up people
I don't think having a degree (for everyone) is about how much money you are going to make. I already knew when I started my studies that a degree in literature is pretty much useless job/money wise. However I am happy to have a high level of education, I feel better equipped to have intelligent and interesting discussions with people, and I have a much better analytical mind now. I have a masters degree, I work part time in a not very well paying, no education needed job, while paying down 5 years worth of student loans and trying to write something brilliant on the side. I happen to like my life. (I too have lived in 3 countries, not that I see how that's really relevant to the first poster's point).
Another victim of the government propaganda campaign. Tip for all people still deciding what to do with their lives, trades make a lot of money, will always be needed, and typically spend less of education than people with degrees. So long as we're using electricity, we'll need electricians, if you want to drive a car, at some point you'll probably need to see a mechanic about it, and if you like having interior water you're going have to accept plumbers. Yeah, it may not have the impact at a bar that being able to say that you have a masters degree in bioengineering will, but anyone who knows anything accepts the fact that trades are needed and will at least respect you for taking one.
Don't worry about it. You'll make enough money to support yourself and you'll be a lot happier than a guy who spends his days with his head in other people's toilets.