My father always said to me, "the only thing that can't be taken from you is an education". He died young and without a formal education, but he had a trade that he learned from the ground up and it was worth the equivalent of a college degree.
After he died, I decided to put myself through a two-year college and I did. My first degree was only an Associate in Science degree, but it enabled me to get a well-paying job that ended up paying for the rest of my education.
I went back to a full university and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, with minor studies in English and Spanish. I also learned a lot about photography and were I to do it over again, I would become a professional photographer.
Even after getting a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, I continued on in my science career because I was very good at it and it paid very well. I have recently retired from the Medical Laboratory and now spend most of my time writing for little or no pay. But I enjoy it.
If I could start completely over again, I would research the best paying job that I would LOVE to have and then get the appropriate education required for that job.
Someone once said, a successful life includes being paid well for the top two things that one LOVES to do. Combine passion and education and there you have the secret to happiness!
Like Austinstar I have an Associate of Arts degree. I went back after 30 years finally finishing the one I started after high school. To get it done I completed the requirements for one in general education. However, I have achieved several of that community college's certification programs in various areas. Those ranged from one in Microsoft Office and then certifying with Microsoft as an Office Specialist to automotive repair and metal machining.
Most of my education was through professional programs / learning related to the industry(s) I worked gaining experience. There were certifications received some with recertifications required like the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). They are sixteen areas for testing some with 8 different specialties. It ranged between parts specialist, auto / light truck diagnosis & Repair, hybrid cars, machinist, bus, and more.
So what you are telling me is that you have learned a great deal that has allowed you to earn. I like that, a lot, and there's a good lesson in what you just told me.
I am very pro-education. Formal is optimal IMHO, yet can't always be accomplished. Reading the want ads ones sees the importance of a degree. Yet, some cert programs carry weight. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is an example.
Education is education. People forget that. Anything you learn that improves your skills and thus your life is worthwhile.
I am a graduate. I have bachelors of commerce honors degree.
I have a BA in Technical Theatre and Design, and an MFA in Design for the Stage.
Fun fact: I started college the same year as my mother. She always wanted to go, but when she graduated from high school, she had to get a job to help support her family. When I graduated from high school, my dad and I sat her down, and told her it was time to stop being a secretary, and start being a college student. She got her BA the year before I did, but I completed my Master's degree first.
Yes. I have a Bachelor's degree, MBA, JD, and practical nursing certificate.
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