Does an education outline the rest of our lives?
We are told that it is too important to have an education, and that, without one, people have no way to move forward in their lives. Why?
Companies specify their educational requirements for careers.
However education alone is not a guarantee of success. One needs to choose a discipline or marketable skill that is "in demand" as well as have ambition and determination.
People/social skills cannot be underestimated either.
Entrepreneurs are oftentimes the "exception" to the rules.
Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, and Richard Branson are just a few (multi-billionaires) without college degrees. Execution of a great idea is key.
In the U.S. there are lots of examples of millionaires who didn't earn degree. Therefore if one could not afford to go to college they don't have to "settle" for a life of destitute.
Education can be formal or otherwise. However you can't teach drive, ambition, determination, or persistence and doing whatever it takes.
What is important are having skills, having a mentor, having connections/people you know in the field you want to get into, and having necessary qualifications. If you're talking about a kind of licensed professional, then a degree is obviously necessary for the licensing (teacher, counselor, doctor, lawyer, etc.). But if you're pursuing some field where skills matter but a degree doesn't, you can simply learn the skills without the degree through free online classes, working with tutors, iPhone apps, learning software, library books, etc. Foreign languages, programming, web developing, medical billing, etc. would fall into this category. And if you just want to be well rounded or learn about something like art, philosophy, anthropology, history, etc., I would argue that informal learning through museums and books can accomplish just as much as any degree and the degrees are too expensive to be financially advisable in those subjects, since very, very, very few people can get decent jobs in those fields even with a Ph.D. I pity the fool who gets an anthropology Bachelor's and expects a well-paying anthropology job, but there is some value in using that degree's well-rounded background in various social sciences, applying those skills in an unrelated job. But I think, if you're going to pay $50,000 to work as a gardening shop clerk who knows a lot about anthropology, why not simply skip college and pay $2 in library fines to be a gardening shop clerk who knows a lot about anthropology? I feel like I got screwed over by assuming that if I worked hard even an art history major could pay off.
by Earl S. Wynn 3 years ago
Does having a college degree make you smarter or merely more skilled?
by Ray Iron 2 years ago
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Ability and social skills are BY FAR the most important in getting a good job. Steve Jobs dropped out of college, and look how he prospered! There is a long list of people who have done this - dropped out of high school, even! On the other hand, there is also a...
by AshleyRB 7 years ago
Most people I know who are in college don't really feel like there are any other options besides going to school. Does anybody feel like there are legit options besides getting a degree?I mean besides singing/rapping/stripping/drug dealing/etc. because those don't appeal to most people or me for...
by PaulStaley1 2 years ago
Is a college degree a measure of intelligence?I don't have a degree. Because of that I think I have a chip on my shoulder. I see so many people out there with degrees that are just plain morons. I think, nowadays more then ever, it is more about money, and showing your...
by Riece 2 years ago
The common wisdom is that you should go to college, get a good education, and find a job afterwards and you will be financially successful. Isn't that an outdated concept? The average college grad is unemployed for two years after graduation, and when I went to teller training a month after I...
by Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago
What's more important these days, a good education or work experience?With so many college graduates having little experience and so few jobs available, how will they fare? I still say getting the degree is most important.
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