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Compared to my siblings ...

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I have notably less formal education
  2537 votes / 11%
I have notably more formal education
  7912 votes / 36%
I have a similar level of formal education
  7551 votes / 34%
I'm an only child
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What do you mean by "formal education"?!
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  • by Bigbutt (65939) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @11:36AM (#42087429) Homepage Journal

    There are three of us. Two of us are within 2 years in age but the youngest is 14 years younger than I am. My younger brother and I are self taught in much of what we know. I've gone to a few college classes for specific things but not an eye to getting a degree. My youngest brother has an MBA and a big house in the suburbs.

    So we poke at him telling him he was raised by a different dad. :) Ours was in the Navy and just getting started, dealing with trying to support a family, and a job that took him away half the year. His was well established, had a nice house and good income, and was able to devote time to him.

    [John]

  • Middle one.... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jawtheshark (198669) * <slashdot@nospam.jawtheshark.com> on Sunday November 25, 2012 @11:46AM (#42087483) Homepage Journal

    My old brother had trouble learning. My parents did everything in their power to get him a decent education. They managed barely. I suffered my whole life because of him, because I had to be lenient because my parents said "please, understand, it's $firstname_of_my_brother". I didn't even dare to celebrate my high school diploma.
    He's a swell guy, I wouldn't want to miss him... I also understand my parents: both intelligent people with University degrees and they got much less than what they bargained for.

    Me? Did pretty much what was expected from me. Slept through high school, did University lazily, got through with not much effort.

    My younger sister was, let's say pretty alternative. Bright, but very very very lazy. She calculated her grades so to just pass. Of course, that went bad after a few years. Took a long of time to get her through high school (with a pratical part in accounting, so technically she can do an accounting job). She did follow her passion and did an (very expensive private) sound engineering school. Which she only absolved with a "did participate courses" certificate. She does the job she likes though, working for concert gigs.

    Formal degrees is one thing. My siblings actually lived and did some interesting stuff, met interesting people... I just did what I was expected to... Who made the right choice, I ask you?

  • Lets see... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by shakezula (842399) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @11:58AM (#42087547) Homepage
    I've got a sister who's a MSW, she waits tables at a place called the "Haunted Hamburger."

    I've got a sister who's got a BS degree in "Landscape Engineering," she bakes bread for a living.

    I've got a sister who's got a BS in Geology and was recently making serious cheddar but the mine closed, so she decided to have a baby and is is out for the duration.

    I've got a brother who's a welder, owns some cows, and fancies himself a rancher in progress.

    Finally, I've got a brother who thinks that education is something the "man" uses to keep you down.

    As for me? Associates degree in business, bachelors degree in general studies in another 18 credits (been doing it in my 'spare' time) and the only one of the lot to have a long-term career, I've been doing computers for 18+ years now. From my experience, the degree doesn't do much but get you in the door for the interview in IT...90% of what I know by heart came from doing it and being a nerd, the other 10% can be determined via Google.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25, 2012 @12:02PM (#42087571)

    Nobody's got any of that nowadays.
    Nobody's forced to get along in big families and small towns anymore, and school hasn't picked up on those subjects, as if they were somehow "lesser" than math or physics.
    And then we're surprised we end up in a dog-eat-dog society with monsters like Goldman Sachs and Monsanto.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25, 2012 @12:14PM (#42087659)

    Six siblings: 1 doctor MD brother, 2 Ph.D. sisters (in maths and English lit), 2 nurse/RN sisters, one with college degree only. Me? "only" an MA in biophysics here since I bailed on the PhD program to do technology. It is fair to say that our family all got hit pretty hard by the education bug. Our Mom didn't complete college so we learned to respect hard work outside of academia. Compared to degrees, persistence and good direction is what counts in life. Thanks Mom!

  • by macwhizkid (864124) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @12:28PM (#42087765)

    Grew up hearing about how education is indispensable from my two first-gen college-educated parents. Went through high school with very little effort, graduated near the top of my class, got a degree in physics at a well-known university. But here I am, late 20's, with a tenuous job as a research associate, not knowing whether I'll still have a job next year given the uncertainty with federal research funding.

    Younger sister on the other hand (currently in her early 20's), struggled a bit in high school, dropped out of college after freshman year, to the utter dismay of my parents. She got a job washing dishes and worked her way up, now works for a farmers market delivering produce to local restaurants. She earns almost as much as I do now, and without the uncertainty that the {Republicans | Democrats} will legislate her out of a job next year over the latest government spending fight. It's a pretty safe bet that 10 years from now people will still be eating vegetables.

    In theory my career opportunities and income should exceed hers in the years ahead, but I say that with a whole lot less confidence than I did a couple years ago.

  • by NixieBunny (859050) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @12:35PM (#42087805) Homepage
    All of us went to college. The two of us who studied electronics both dropped out for the same reason - we already had electronics jobs that were teaching us way better than school was.
    My other brother got a degree in mechanical engineering and has never used it, unless you consider fixing cars to be using it. OK, he does work with a FIRST robotics team, so that counts for something.
    My sister had an interesting experience - she was taking a sculpture class as a 40-year-old housewife, and noticed that the other students were watching her instead of the teacher. So she started her own sculpture school and is doing well.
  • by DERoss (1919496) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @02:40PM (#42088565)

    My younger brother and I both have bachelor's degrees from the University of California system. I also took some post-graduate classes, but not towards a master's degree. We both have had successful careers. I retired early. My brother is semi-retired, investing in residential housing and occasionally working as a real estate agent.

    The next generation is different. My brother had no children. I have a son and a daughter. My son stopped his college education, lacking only 3-6 units to complete his bachelor's degree. He is in the insurance industry and has been laid-off more than once; when he is working, he earns a very good income. My daughter has two bachelor's degrees (journalism and education) and a master's degree; she has been thinking of getting a doctorate. She has become a recognized authority on the use of technology in adult education and teaches undergraduate courses in that subject at a university. She too earns a good income.

  • by Kell Bengal (711123) on Monday November 26, 2012 @05:35AM (#42092387)
    Hello, UAV researcher here. My work has clear national security, industrial and commercial applications. What I work on isn't used to kill people, but conceivably it could be. Even with the prospect of thousands of drones filling out air forces the world round, it is still terribly terribly hard to get grants in this space. Of the eight or so grants I've written in the last four years, four of them have come up - to me, that's a phenomenal batting average, but still only barely paying the bills. Science is hard - even arguably valuable science. As a civilisation we spend more on sugary beverages than we do on finding solutions to our most vexing problems. It makes you wonder.

    Anyway, to play along I was the smart one - measured off the scale as a tot, before finding my level in university. Now I'm a junior academic teaching mechatronics and researching UAVs at a major school. My brother has an anxiety disorder and my sister has a brain chemistry disorder - they work as a lumber yard manager and an executive assistant respectively. Depressed and overweight, with barely functional families, it makes family gatherings awkward. I was always marked for success, but I'm saddened that their illnesses stopped them from leading the happy lives they deserve.

"Bureaucracy is the enemy of innovation." -- Mark Shepherd, former President and CEO of Texas Instruments

 



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