Meet Alistair “Alex” McIntoshIn 2012, he decided to prematurely end his tenure at the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) when he realised that his parents were struggling to pay his fees. Other first year students faced with similar circumstances, took loans and picked up part time gigs to help their parents manage the high university costs, however Alex was focused on realising a better life as a sound engineer.
There have been much debate about the ideal path to a successful career. For some Jamaicans, matriculating to university right after sixth form or community college is the ideal launching pad for a successful career in most fields. However, when I sat down with Alex, he explained why dropping out of the computer science programme at UCC was one of the best decisions he had made in his life.
1. So before you took that decision, why didn’t you try to secure a student loan or get help from other relatives?
Well university, I really don’t have an interest going back. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very nice to have a degree, nothing can beat the feeling of having that degree…to know that you have such qualifications, but me personally, I don’t see how it a go benefit me really.