My family has a long tradition of school not relating to work/life.
My sister has a BA in drama, and works for an NGO that contracts with the UN to set up and oversee elections in new democracies, you know, the "international observers" they talk about? She is also considered a top world authority on women voting in emerging democracies, Islamic countries. She also has owned a bar on the Alaska pipeline, and a video rental shop pre-blockbuster era. She is currently in Afghanistan, setting up their election for next week.
My brother was a firefighter for years (retired now), and has since worked as a state arson investigator, assistant to the coroner, and has a home business developing some specialty kinds of life insurance. Oh, and he also does some sort of financial planning for city and state pensions freelance. His degree was in mechanical engineering, and he just started to law school, at age 49, though I don't know if he plans to ever work as a lawyer. We tend to go to school recreationally in our family.
My late aunt, a Holocaust Survivor, never went to college, but was the organizer of major international level conferences (think UN scale) in all sorts of fields, from arts to politics, all over the world, for decades. She also was the European liaison for the Ford Foundation, an editor for the Economist, and something for the Dept. of East Asian Studies at Stanford.
My Dad was a college dropout, who became a millionaire, eccentric inventor.
My mom was considered mentally retarded as a kid, and went on to get a Master's in Nursing, and be a true pioneer in nursing education.
And then there is me. I was considered a prodigy, entered Stanford at 15 after basically dropping out of 7th grade, dropped out again, and didn't return to school until I was 42 or so. I now have a degree in health education, can't find a job for the world, and am a stay-at-home Mom and therapeutic level foster parent. Nothing really to do with my degree. Professionally, I have raised parrots, sewn custom motorcycle racing leathers, and baby clothes, in addition to assorted social work type jobs.
I am leaving out many branches of extremely high- and low-achieving cousins. Generally for my family, education doesn't really have much to do with economic success. Now I am talking about getting a Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Not sure why, if I think I would seriously use the degree. I told you we go to school recreationally.