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Education is the key to success!

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I write in response to your reader Ariana Anderson who questioned whether education was really the key to success. Of course it is! While I understand the plight of the reader's acquaintance, a graduate in civil engineering who has been unemployed for two years, sadly, this is the reality not only in Jamaica, but globally. A degree by itself is no longer a guarantee. It will always be a combination of who you know, what you know, and being in the right place at the right time.

The job market has become far more competitive these days, with a flood of graduates entering the market each year. Graduates will have to start thinking outside the box and not restrict themselves by geography or what's ideal. How about looking elsewhere in the Caribbean and even further overseas for job opportunities?

Personally, I've been fortunate enough to work and live in four countries to date, with no regrets. I've made connections in one country which gave way to another opportunity in another country! I've also run a successful business. This may not be your typical scenario nor is it a blueprint formula, but graduates seriously have to think outside the box. They may also consider volunteering, apprenticeship or self-employment, even in a field remote from their studies. Given the state of the economy, if there is the opportunity to advance your studies to enhance your marketability, I say go for it and research financing and scholarships, even for overseas study. Sure beats waiting for years in the long line, of unemployed.

P. CHIN

chin_p@yahoo.com