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littlejay
Post May 28, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

ok let me tell u a true story about someone i know.

when she was little, both our parents used to compare me and her a lot and they would say I'm the stupid one and she's smart.

She was smart, I'm not gonna lie. I agree with that totally. She was extremely smart when she was younger and she skipped grades cause she was that much smarter than most people at her age. You can tell her, what is 4359830454 x 657 and she would give you an answer almost immediately and I would have to check my calculator to see if she got it right and she always did.

She was known as the smartest kid I knew. Like when i introduced her to my friends and I would say she is really really smart you can ask her anything and she knows it and my friends who were a lot older would ask and be surprised that she knew the answer to calculus questions. I mean I was like 5 years older than her and she was already smarter than me. She was smarter than most of her teachers too.

But i havent talked to her in a very long time. Like 15 years or something. I recently got back in touch with her and she got a degree at a very prestigious school and she has been working for like 5 years or more. But she makes close to minimum wage!!!!

How can someone that smart not have a job making 200,000 a year or something? I think it all goes down to the fact that you don't really need education to have a successful career.  You need to have real life/social skills. I mean some education is fine but it's really up to how likable you are and if you do your job well or not. It's easy to get bullied for being smart and having people tell you to do their homework. When you're that smart, you're pretty much a tool to other people who want to take advantage of you. I think she can't find a good job because she probably has a low esteem and maybe she has something against authority. This really sucks for her cause I remember when she was little and her parents would say that she will grow up to be something really special. Yet she is making a little more than someone who has just graduated high school.

I feel kind of sorry for her parents cause I remember they used to invest lots of time and love into her. But what can you do now right? Just love her for her and don't set the bar too high. The moral of this story is to do whatever you love to do not what you were told to do.


ThatAwkwardPenguin
Post May 29, 2015 @ 12:59 am

Teachers at my school are always saying that subjects like maths, English, the sciences, the humanities, business studies (bleh), etc aren't always what employers look for, but rather how artistic (art, music, drama, etc) and varied your skills are.

Unfortunately, my only skills and passions lie in English, humanities, video editing (why did I drop IT, goddammit), Tumblr and Nintendo games, so not sure what's going to happen. :/

Plus, I don't really have any real life/social skills.
I want to get a job in the field of psychology when I grow up~ :sad:



Unique
Post May 30, 2015 @ 10:16 am

ThatAwkwardPenguin wrote:Teachers at my school are always saying that subjects like maths, English, the sciences, the humanities, business studies (bleh), etc aren't always what employers look for, but rather how artistic (art, music, drama, etc) and varied your skills are.
It's funny how 99% of the other teachers says the opposite


Unique
Post May 30, 2015 @ 10:18 am

Well...most graduates here only make the minimum wage (the ones who get a job) just like someone with no education so...


littlejay
Post May 30, 2015 @ 10:28 am

ThatAwkwardPenguin wrote:Teachers at my school are always saying that subjects like maths, English, the sciences, the humanities, business studies (bleh), etc aren't always what employers look for, but rather how artistic (art, music, drama, etc) and varied your skills are.

Unfortunately, my only skills and passions lie in English, humanities, video editing (why did I drop IT, goddammit), Tumblr and Nintendo games, so not sure what's going to happen. :/

Plus, I don't really have any real life/social skills.
I want to get a job in the field of psychology when I grow up~ :sad:
ya i think the video editing skills stand out more than the English or humanities.


ThatAwkwardPenguin
Post May 30, 2015 @ 11:59 am

littlejay wrote:ya i think the video editing skills stand out more than the English or humanities.

Sadly, I didn't take the opportunity to take computing (which is the subject where video editing comes up in at my school), but I instead took textiles to be the "enriching" subject out of my three choices.  :sad: I'm such an idiot. I start my new course with my chosen subjects in September. I'm not bad at textiles, but I should've gone for computing.  T.T My other two choices were geography and sociology, because I'm good at humanities and I'm interested in it. Of course, there's the compulsory English, maths, science, PRE (philosophy, religion and ethics) and a second language. And I'm currently fearing for my future because teachers are really stressing on the whole "you need varied skills" and "employers look for well-rounded and artistic people", etc, etc.

Though, I don't think the subjects I chose affect what subjects I can take in further education, so if I decide not to go down the psychology route (unlikely, tbh) then I think I can make up for it and go down the video editing route.

But, tbh, what am I going to do with video editing? I don't think Taylor Swift would hire me to make her videos~?



ThatAwkwardPenguin
Post May 30, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

Unique wrote:
ThatAwkwardPenguin wrote:Teachers at my school are always saying that subjects like maths, English, the sciences, the humanities, business studies (bleh), etc aren't always what employers look for, but rather how artistic (art, music, drama, etc) and varied your skills are.
It's funny how 99% of the other teachers says the opposite

I know. But my school (and I think quite a few other schools in my area) stress a lot on the importance of being a well-rounded person, and it kinda sucks for me because my passions do lie in the humanities and English. Also video editing, but I let the opportunity go to waste like a bish, but maybe I'll make up for it in further education. Maybe.



whythefuckicare
Post Jun 29, 2015 @ 4:39 am

Yeah, it doesn't help either that teachers tell you to focus on math,physics and subjects similar to that when you could be making a lot more money being a singer,actor,writer and other things they tell you in school that they don't count and won't make you money in the future.


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Post Apr 05, 2018 @ 1:06 am

I totally agree! A lot of famous smart people didn't finich school. It's more useful to be smart at all but on on lessons. I think it's kind of cheating. But it's a very useful cheating. Because a lot of people simply have no time to write essays by themselves. My friends used to https://pro-papers.com/coursework-writing and i couldn't understand if its good. But now i see where do they work and how successfully the've graduated. So i think that was for a good reason.

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