Does an education outline the rest of our lives?

  1. Olivia Sintha profile image71
    Olivia Sinthaposted 18 months ago

    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?

  2. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 18 months ago

    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.

  3. RachaelLefler profile image93
    RachaelLeflerposted 18 months ago

    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.


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