- Network coach, Nomandla Mbanjwa shared her views on education
- She says educated people work harder for less reward
- She believes street smart people have better lives because they don't let pride stand in their way
Network coach, Nomandla Mbanjwa, got South Africans questioning whether a tertiary education in the country is ultimately worth it, considering the lack of available jobs and the backlog of unemployed graduates.
As a South African graduate on social media, Nomandla shares some thoughts that she wished she knew before she began her academic journey, Briefly.co.za learned.
She details life as an employee after people graduate. She says that after three years, people are considered to have sufficient experience and can finally start earning a reasonable salary.
Then three months, later, they’d typically buy a car. All this would be the reward of working between the hours of 8am and 6pm every weekday.
Despite their hard work and never enjoying your time, the expenses start piling up and they struggle to make ends meet.
While they're tired, stressed and under the pressure of living a certain lifestyle because they are ‘educated’, Nomandla suggests that their friends who opted to hustle rather than go to university, for whatever reason, will be working flexible hours and free to take time off every now and again.
She further adds that the companies the educated people work for will exploit them and their priorities will no longer lie with spending quality time with loved ones, but by being at work.
Because they’re not satisfied with life, they’ll end up going back to study, believing that that will be the solution to their unhappiness.
Nomandla continues her argument, detailing the stresses of paying taxes and keeping up with the lifestyle.
She says that “street mart people” are not hampered by the pride that people with an “i’m educated” attitude have. The bold young woman asserts that it should not matter what people say, you should do whatever makes you happy regardless if it’s not considered “dignified”.
Nomandla’s assertions started a discussion amongst South Africans on social media.
Mzansi felt as though Nomandla’s rant was just one perspective. Although this is the case for many people, the problem is rarely with education, but with making the wrong choices about where to study, why and what job to take.
Others added that self-employment is also not a walk in the park.
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