With that said, education is an ongoing process. School is not the only place with knowledge. Your work, your life, your experiences are things that cannot be taught in a classroom or through a textbook. There are many other opportunities in life that will teach you new knowledge and could probably be more useful for you than a course you pay $500 for every year.
Sometimes as I’m sitting and semi-listening to a Finance lecture, I will ask myself: Is this what I really want to do? My answer is usually: No. Why? Simply because I am not passionate about the subject. It doesn’t matter if I’m in school to become an accountant or a dentist or a teacher. If I don’t have the passion for that career choice, chances are I will not be happy in the future.
Yes, there are other things to consider as well, like the potential salary. And I guess money can indirectly buy you happiness (eg. Miserable accountant > Great salary > Able to afford an expensive vacation > Happiness) and this is debatable. But to me, in order to live a happy life, you must be happy with your career. Or at least enjoy it to some degree.
My point here is simple. Higher education is just a piece of paper stating a subject you have spent the past 4 (or more) years learning & gaining knowledge about. But if you are not even passionate about it, then why even bother? I will tell you this now, whatever I will end up majoring in I will probably not keep that career permanently. I’d most likely explore other opportunities and maybe even attend another institution that has a program which I’m passionate about. But then again, it’s hard to say. The things we learn in the classroom is very different from the actual job itself. Maybe I will actually enjoy the work and keep it permanently. Only time can tell for these kinds of things.
I also want to point out how underrated schools like NAIT are. I use to be one of those people who are skeptical about institutions like NAIT because it doesn’t have the title of University, it doesn’t have degree programs, and it’s not world class. I was totally wrong. There are many people who come out of NAIT with careers that have way higher salaries than careers you may get after graduating from University. I also think their hands-on classroom experience is an excellent way to learn because essentially, when you’re in the work force you usually don’t rely on your book knowledge. So, NAIT really is a great school & is very underrated.
Whether you’re in med school, business school, or engineering, always ask yourself: 'Is this what I really want to do?' If not, it’s never too late to change your mind. That’s the trade-off you must make to obtain your dream job.