Higher education doesn't mean success
The entrance to the University of Technology, Jamaica in St Andrew.

Dear Editor,

As a young adult I have never been and will never be a political person, because why would I be?

I am not a well-informed person when it comes onto what happens in our country, for I am very unimpressed as to whatever I do see happening.

However, I am a die-hard Jamaican. I love my country, and I genuinely never want to leave. I am currently a university student studying a medical technology programme. By hearing the medical you would think this was a rewarding profession, but let me tell you, it would take me over 10 years before I am able to feel the rewards. The question I ask myself is: Why is it so hard to make it in Jamaica, despite me being educated?

I just don't understand the stigma around being degreed in Jamaica and our only choices are to migrate or stay here underpaid.

Not everyone is meant to be business owners, some of us actually want to work a nine to five. I want to work a nine to five! This is why many young people do not go beyond high school because if you don't want to become a doctor or nurse, we remain unemployed or underpaid.

Recently, there was a big strike among the teachers which looks terrible on our Government, because why are the people responsible from educating and grooming our future leaders to not be getting enough pay? That is utter stupidity, and what does that say for the other careers there are? I'd like to think all jobs are important for the particular role they play in society.

I am not yet facing the work world and I am totally scared of what I may come upon. I am just at an impasse as to what our Government or our people are doing wrong for our development to remain so slow.

We need to get to the bottom of this so that, if not my generation, the future generations will be able to see that having higher education will indeed lead to success.

Lisandrea Brown


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