posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 10:06 PM
If I had the choice to re-live 1997-1999, I would have chosen to go a different route. I was trying to get this piece of paper that would tell my
future employer that I exceed in electronics. So, with some capitol, I went to one of the local colleges and hitched up for 2 years. The GI Bill
helped (a lot), but the loans that were accumulating started to drag me down.
Long story short - I graduated in '99 and went to several different job placement services and I could not believe my ears. I just got my degree and
those new employers were giving me job offers that were about 25% less than the last job I had. Come on, give me a break here. I don't work for
Anyway, I scoured through the local job ads and found a place where I was employed for over 3 years as an IT dude. From NT 4.0 all the way up to
Windows 2000 server. I learned Pervasive SQL 2000, replication, some VB, Crystal Reports, not to mention the odds and ends of configuring new
computers, beta testing new software, etc. Remember, the degree I earned was in electronics.
The pay was good but I was soon getting burnt out and decided to move on to greener pastures.
So, with the money I saved, I bought a new Bobcat, dump trailer, flatbed trailer, several attachments and started my own business.
Being self employed is the way to go. Budget your money (ie. taxes every quarter) and don't go overboard. I tried living well in advance of my
paychecks, but I've done some major plastic surgery since 2000. If I can't pay cash for it, I'm not buying it.
So, would I do it again. My answer, "No." College in my case was like adult daycare. Sure, I had a great math instructor, but as for the other
classes, I could've taught them. Waste of time, in my opinion. No challenges for me.
Did anyone ever ask for my degree prior to hiring? Again, the answer is no. That piece of paper is now stored somewhere in my archives out in the
With the money I had spent on education, I would have rather invested it in real estate.
That's my opinion of college.