A good many years ago I knew a lot of JWs and hardly any of them had had a university / college education. One couple had - but that was before they became JWs! They were keen to get their own four children into similar education, understandably, so I think you will find that those who have benefitted from higher education will disregard Watchtower literature 'advice' about the advantages of getting a decent education in order to then devote much more time to the door-to-door work and supporting yourself with a part-time job. Some fairly recent published 'suggestions' can be found in the following sources:
Wt. June 1 2004 article on 'Pioneering', how important to devote much time to it
Wt. July 15 205 article on being single and contented in Jehovah's service (p 8)
Wt. Oct 15 2005 article on education
Wt. May 1 2005 article on youths Pioneering (p 27)
“Vigilant Christians refrain from using the world to the full with regard to higher education… Consequently, young Christians are encouraged to pursue spiritual goals, getting only as much education as is required to meet their basic needs while focusing on preparing themselves to serve Jehovah ‘with their whole heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ (Luke 10:27) By doing so, they can become “rich toward God.” Watchtower 15 November 2011, p 19
In March 2012, the Governing Body sent a letter to all congregations warning Elders against the dangers of pursuing a higher education: “Appointed men must be exemplary in heeding the warnings given by the faithful slave and its Governing Body when it comes to education. Would an elder, a ministerial servant, or a pioneer continue to qualify to serve as such if he, his wife, or his children pursue higher education? Much depends on the circumstances and how he is viewed. When such a situation arises, the body of elders should consider the following questions and scriptures:
> Does he show that he puts Kingdom interests first?
> Does he teach his family to put Kingdom interests first?
> Does he respect what has been published by the FDS on dangers of higher education?
> Do his speech and conduct reveal that he is a spiritual person?
> How is he viewed by the congregation?
> Why is he or his family pursuing higher education?
> Does the family have theocratic goals?
> Does the pursuit of higher education interfere with regular meeting attendance, meaningful participation in field service, or other theocratic activities?
The letter went on to advise Elders to strip any ministerial servant or pioneer of their “privileges” if they were perceived as putting educational and career interests before “kingdom” interests.
In the study edition of the June 2014 Watchtower there is a picture of a path that is covered with books, diplomas, mountain climbing shoes, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc. Below, it is another path, but it is clear. Once more, the Society is telling Jehovah’s Witnesses to forego any plans for academic achievement or the pursuit of a worthwhile career because they need to devote themselves to the full time ministry. The Governing Body demands exclusive loyalty and devotion!
What JWs say in praise of further education on a public forum like this is shot to pieces when you read what is stated in their official literature.