Education Graduate Told She’s Just Wasting Her Degree by Being a Jollibee Manager

Education is the key to success; that’s something that many children are told even when they are still young. A lot of parents, even the poor ones, strive hard to send their kids to school so they could later have a better chance at succeeding in life.

And more often than not, you are expected to practice the profession from the course you have graduated from – especially if you hold a license to practice that particular career!

So, when education graduate Paul Lea “Pauline” Isabelo decided to work at Jollibee, this was met with displeasure by many of her family and friends who thought that she’s just wasting her degree by not becoming a teacher.

Photo credit: Paul Lea “Pauline” Isabelo / Facebook

SAYANG PINAG-ARALAN MO, DI MO NAPAPRACTICE PROFESSION MO! I’ve heard it so many times. Family? Friends? Friends of friends? lol,” Pauline wrote in a Facebook post that sought to explain her choice.

From an Education Graduate to a Manager. Sino nga naman mag-aakala na mag-iiba ko ng tinatahak? Haha While my friends are pursuing their teaching career, here I am, pursuing the other way. And yes, I’m proud of myself!

According to Pauline, she didn’t become a teacher just like what she had studied for; however, she is actually enjoying her job so much – and isn’t that what’s really more important in life?

I’m posting this not to brag, but to remind everyone that not because someone took the other way it means sayang na yung pinag-aralan. Mas sayang yung nagtapos ka ng pag-aaral pero mas pinili mo maging tambay. At mas sayang din yung nagttrabaho ka pero di ka naman talaga masaya sa ginagawa mo.

Stop putting into someone’s mind na sayang ang pinag-aralan kapag hindi mo napapractice ang profession mo, but instead, tell them to do what they really want and love. Hindi ba pedeng suportahan nalang? Hehe.”

Photo credit: Paul Lea “Pauline” Isabelo / Facebook

Even now that she’s already a manager at Jollibee, and most likely enjoying a good pay for the position, people continue to question her choices. They would rather see her become a teacher and work in the profession she studied in, even when she’s truly happy with her current career choice!

For Pauline, being a teacher is not just being an educator in a classroom setting; it is something that you can do outside the classroom, in a different environment.

Besides, lahat naman tayo teacher. Maybe not in profession but in action. A mother teaching her child with his/her first word. A father guiding his child what is right and wrong. A friend helping and cheering you. You, believing in yourself.

Hindi naman nagtatapos ang pagiging isang guro ko. I’m still in a room looking for improvement into someone and guiding them to become a better one, while them helping me also to become a better person. Give and take pa din, like a student and a teacher. Yes, not my students but our crews.

Photo credit: Paul Lea “Pauline” Isabelo / Facebook

Not signing off as a teacher, but improving myself to become a better person I want to be. xoxAnd hey! I’m proud of you for pursuing what you really love.


A lot of netizens agreed with her post. Many admitted that they feel the same way, especially because they are also bombarded with similar questions for working in a profession that’s too far away from the degree they completed in school.

Source: Paul Lea “Pauline” Isabelo / Facebook, Educ Problems / Facebook