Couldn't agree more.
I am in my early 50s now, and have been everything from a production-line electronics tech,, component-level repair tech., PDH/SDH transmission over optics and microwave radio, PSTN/ISDN Switching and 'last mile' stuff, and a system architect - and that's in my professional life (*I'm back to being a grunt now...that's life!).
Wanting to pass on what I've learned for the benefit of the next generation, I looked into becoming a lecturer at the local uni, only to find my 1980s-Technical-College-HND-qualified body actually needed a degree and PGCSE or better....despite the mind still being able to keep ahead of, if not run rings around, noob graduates. The experience, willingness to teach and my (proven) *ability* to teach counted for nowt.
As the AC says, I can't be arsed to spend the next 'n' years getting the entry qualifications for something I would really like to do but I fear very few would appreciate - especially as I would be self funding and have bills to pay. And no, the OU isn't an option for me.
Entry level teaching salary isn't attractive at all - there was a bit on the radio a while back, opining that earning less than 30K means you are officially classed as 'low paid'.
I suspect the down-votes will flood in for saying this, but I really think the educational system here in the UK is on it's arse these days.
* It's all about bums on seats, which has seriously diluted the value in a degree - STEM or otherwise.
* Teenagers are continually told the lie 'Go to Uni, get a degree, there''ll be a good job at the end of it' - May have been true once, but not any more,
* Oh yeah - have you seen the degree courses on offer these days? If you're half decent, you'll be able to do ANY job afterwards - all a degree does these days is give you a 2 year head start and teach you how to continue learning..
Lastly, uni isn't for everyone - there are those who *can* and cannot go to uni, and there are those who should and those who *should not*. I am the latter, went to a technical college and learned my trade from people who actually gave a f--k about what they did, and the quality of the students they were teaching. What would be called 'vocational' training these days was the right choice for me.
Fortunately, it didn't have the same stigma then as it does now.
Oh well, I'll just have to pass it all on the Boss instead.(Not a PHB, good bloke actually - I wonder if he know what he's in for!)
(OMG, I'm getting old - my first use of the phrase 'these days' in a post!)