Over the years, there have been sentiments that higher education is synonymous with success. But in the 21st century, a new perspective on this notion has emerged as some people and organizations have affirmed that higher education is not equivalent to success. These organizations have asserted that having a good life is not solely dependent on higher education. There are entities like Praxis and Mike Rowe that hold this same conviction that higher education can be voluntary.
Over the last few years, when listing the people who are considered to be the wealthiest, names like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, whose products are currently circling the globe, have been joined by Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook, Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies and so many others. Although they all come from diverse places, every single one of them was a college dropout.
Although higher education has its advantages, it is not the only way to the market. With the rise in technology and the abundance of information reaching the masses, it is now a logical precedent that higher education is not the only way to success. Some employers have also admitted that holding a college degree does not guarantee that a candidate will be better at the job
than someone who doesn’t have a degree.
The World is Evolving…
Currently, several leading companies have changed their outlook on requiring a degree, for example, Google, Netflix, Apple, and so many others include people without a degree in their workforce. Many high-paying jobs don’t require a college degree, such as computer programming, product management, and so many other tech-related jobs.
Several non-tech-related positions also don’t require a college degree such as online advertising, social media roles, virtual assistants, pharmacy technicians, and so many others. Some studies have found that some employers rank experience as the most valuable qualification in an applicant, and not educational achievement. Also, apart from experience, some employers say that the potential of the candidate is the most substantial aspect of their application.
Employers describe potential as a person’s capacity to grow into and beyond the job. Employers need people with the ability to solve problems for the company. Therefore, having a college degree is not the only way to the labor market as some people possess a college degree yet earn little, compared to those without a degree. It all depends on your ambitions and determination. Hard work and determination play a vital role in achieving success.
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy looking for it” – Henry David Thoreau.
As I earlier stated that there are many ways to the labor market, so whichever way you choose just keep your eyes on the prize and achieve your goals.
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