I agree that education is extremely important. One of the problems I have found is that many people shy away from further education as they think it will similar to that which they experienced at school.Often in a negative capacity. That is why we use accelerated learning techniques during our training courses. The more we educate ourselves, the more opportunity we have to actually achieve our dreams and aspirations. See http://coachingwithnlp.co/nlp-practitioner-training for more details.
I think it is also important to note that although many students want to study overseas, they should keep their options open to returning to South Africa when they are finished. I have studied in the UK and USA and have returned to SA to start a training company here. We need to move SA forward and return with the skills and understanding to do so.
We all know education is very important. However after school, many people think that is it. Educating themselves is finished. To be successful and stay on top you need to continually expand your horizons and continually educate yourself.
I agree with the fact that to many people will never use the degrees for which they have spent so much money to attain. Look at courses that will stand you in good stead no matter what you end up doing in the future. Learn skills like NLP and Coaching. Skills that you can use in your own business or as a leader working for somebody else.
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People are paying out thousands of rand's on courses and degrees that their children often don't pursue as a career and that money is wasted.
What about spending your hard earned cash on courses that will stand your self or your children in good stead the rest of your lives? Something that you can and will use in everyday day from now and forever. Stand out from the competition in the work place, be a better leader, learn how to communicate and have the ability to go for what you want.
Look at skills like Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) or Coaching and then you can decide on which career path will suit you best.