But if an 12th pass or a graduate or a small shopkeeper does this I would consider that a far more significant step.
Because the IIT engineer always in a sense has options open. Somewhere that education itself keeps some doors open should he wish to start earning a living later. A person with simpler education makes a far more courageous move.
(Just saw a post on an 'engineer who had returned from abroad to work in a village', and so these musings ...)
We have to somewhere accept that most of the time, people who are technically sound and have expertise will be more beneficial than a 12th pass
This comes from our epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Remember that Rama is worshipped because he sacrificed the throne and went to forest. No one remembers Bharat who ran the show for 14 years. Therefore renunciation/abdication has more "value" than performing your duty laboriously. On the top of it, Geeta professes that duty should be done without expectations.
The act of working for others if you have limited options is indeed nobler.