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Do you really need an education to succeed in life?

Updated on January 4, 2014

Education is a great thing but there are different types of education. Education regardless of the type is needed to succeed in life. We naturally think of our public and private school education facilities but these are not the only sources of education opportunities in existence. Our public schools along with private schools provide the basics for the most part that individuals need to be a viable part of our society. Traditional subjects such as English, math and science are typically a part of educational institutions/facilities.

One of the minimum requirements in many situations in getting a job is to have at least a high school education or a GED. Having a diploma or a certificate that identifies you as having a certain level of education but education can be a funny thing. Various positions within society and specifically the job market of today and in the future individuals will be required to have a certain educational background to perform specific job functions. The businesses of today and those into the future do or will require certain talents or educational training for specific jobs. The question is how will this training be acquired? Getting this training or education can be accomplished through specialized schools such as a technical college or through such programs called apprentice programs.

Apprentice programs often occur where there is a reduced supply of qualified individuals to enter specific fields or jobs within society. In these situations many businesses and sometimes professional societies offer apprentice programs to satisfy a need. While there are many technological jobs today and an increasing number is anticipated into the foreseeable future other types of jobs will not be going away anytime soon. These are skilled jobs such as electricians, welders along with other jobs which require working with your hands.

Education also occurs through interaction with other individuals with which we work. It can be from a team leader or supervisor but the best type of learning in my opinion is what we can learn from each of our co-workers. We as individuals have many talents which make us an important commodity within our respective occupations but that expertise should not be wasted.

We can learn from each other given our own experiences and knowledge we have acquired through the years we have been employed.

In summarizing the question about whether we need an education to succeed in life is undeniably a yes. It does not matter through what methods we used to acquire the knowledge we have only that we made the initiative to get it. Education is a big part of society and each individual to succeed in life needs to have some educational background. It may come from formal training or training on the job either way we as individuals would not go far without some education.


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