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    by education / work several jobs

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if there is an expression 'by education', for example:

    Mike's father is a lawyer by education.

    I'm also wondering if the sentence below is fine:

    Mike has a higher education.

    Or should I replace it with 'a university education"?

    My last question is about 'working several jobs". It seems to me the phrase doesn't need any prepositions, does it?

    Mike's father works two jobs.
    Mike's father works in two jobs.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: by education / work several jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if there is an expression 'by education', for example:

    Mike's father is a lawyer by education.
    This strongly implies that although he has a law degree he doesn't practive this profession. He's a lawyer by education, but he earns his living as a carpenter.

    I'm also wondering if the sentence below is fine:

    Mike has a higher education.
    It's not something I would be likely to say or hear in the U.S.

    Or should I replace it with 'a university education"?
    I would say that he has a college degree. I know that a college is not the same in the US as it is elsewhere, though. Or "He his college educated."

    My last question is about 'working several jobs". It seems to me the phrase doesn't need any prepositions, does it?

    Mike's father works two jobs. - I agree
    Mike's father works in two jobs.

    Thank you in advance.
    Hope this helps.
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    Re: by education / work several jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if there is an expression 'by education', for example:

    Mike's father is a lawyer by education. (Never heard it used and is it really necessary? How else does one become a lawyer?)

    I'm also wondering if the sentence below is fine:

    Mike has a higher education.

    Or should I replace it with 'a university education"? (Yes, this would be correct.)

    My last question is about 'working several jobs". It seems to me the phrase doesn't need any prepositions, does it?

    Mike's father works two jobs. (OK. While not grammatically correct, it is a common expression.)
    Mike's father works in two jobs. (OK. "At" could be used also.)

    Thank you in advance.
    See comments above.

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    Re: by education / work several jobs

    Thank you so much! Your replies have been very helpful.

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    Re: by education / work several jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm wondering if there is an expression 'by education', for example:

    Mike's father is a lawyer by education. I would say "...by training" If, for example, Mike's father was doing another kind of job. "Mike's father is a lawyer by training, but he is working as an ESL tutor in India.".

    I'm also wondering if the sentence below is fine:

    Mike has a higher education.

    Or should I replace it with 'a university education"? This is better.

    My last question is about 'working several jobs". It seems to me the phrase doesn't need any prepositions, does it?

    Mike's father works two jobs. In BrE this doesn't work at all. "Mike's father has two jobs" would be correct.
    Mike's father works in two jobs. No.

    Thank you in advance.
    Bhai.

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