I CHOSE to get my education at Mohawk College; it wasn’t just a consolation prize. I knew that I’d get the education, experience and opportunity to build a successful career without spending too much time or money. I’m sure that many alumni and current students feel the same way too, but I’m sure that many more than we’d like to admit, are not that proud and will mutter “mohawk” quietly when pressed for their alma mater.
I understand that feeling all too well as I’ve known people who flaunted their university degrees even if they had no job in their field or even no job at all. It was as though that rolled up diploma was some magic wand that gave them dominion over the likes of us. They were conditioned to believe that the University Degree was the only thing that mattered without considering what would happen AFTER graduation.
Depending on the program, the person and their attitude, university graduates start on some promising career paths and go on to do great things. Then there are those that graduate with degrees of questionable value or in fields that do not interest them or they have no business of even being in. I’m sure we all know that professional student whose job it was to hold down their parents couch and get 15th level prestige in Call of Duty! Some of those will go back to college, learn some real skills and get some rewarding employment opportunities.
That’s the point: not everyone is meant for university and shouldn’t feel pressured to go, or to feel inadequate because they choose college. So I was impressed when I read the Ontario PC Party: Paths to Prosperity Whitepaper detailing a proposal titled: “A Culture Shift: A College First Strategy” ( http://ontariopc.uberflip.com/i/108917 , page 8). In the proposal they say that “A study done for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities predicted that in the years preceding the 2008 recession, 35 percent of all new jobs would go to college graduates and apprentices and only 26 percent would go to university graduates.” Apparently “Data shows that the average weekly earnings for skilled trades workers and college diploma holders have been increasing at a faster rate than for bachelor’s degree graduates.” After reading that proposal, I thought “Wow, Colleges and College educated people are getting Recognition at Last!” Regardless of your political stripes, that type of endorsement and proposed commitment to Colleges sure does make a Mohawk Alumni proud!
– Robert Kulig
Computer Systems Technology ‘98