You ever hear the expression “it’s not what you know it’s who you know?” I will give some merit to that but you can know the president, not know your stuff, and still get the boot. That’s because “who you know” can transfer jobs, retire, get fired, not like you anymore…then what? Education my friends. Education is the first step to making it work in this life. The difference between median salaries for college grads versus non-college grads is enough to make your head spin. But it’s not all about the money. One of the most important things I learned in college was resourcefulness. It was learning how to solve problems when you had no clue. How to research. How to think critically. How to work in teams to get stuff done. These are skills which employers value and which gives the competitive advantage to those who have a college degrees or some type of formal education. I’m not saying you can’t learn those things without college, but I am saying you may not get the complete scope to put yourself on the same level.
But college is expensive ABC…I can’t afford it!
Yes, I realize college is expensive but if you think about the salaries you WON’T earn over your lifetime, it doesn’t seem like much of an investment. An INVESTMENT. Think about it as an investment. It’s not for anyone else but yourself. So when you think you can’t, or you’re too old, or it’s too expensive..dig in. Say to yourself, if I stick it out, save up some money, and earn this degree…you’ll be closing on a new life with new possibilities. You’ll realize that the problems of this world can be solved with your education. You’ll realize that you can solve most problems yourself so long as you apply yourself and your new found knowledge.
What about trade skills or apprenticeships?
Nothing against that…it’s an education…if you’re passionate about it then go for it. The important thing is to get your primary education (high school degree) and then some type of secondary education/training.
Bottom line is this, don’t sell yourself short by not getting more education. You should never stop learning throughout your life. Stay curious, stay focused on what needs to be done. Unfortunately most companies won’t even consider you if you don’t have some type of secondary education. Not for the jobs that pay great wages anyway. So are you going to let that stop you from achieving your dreams? You’re not going to school to learn rocket science (although if that’s what you want that’s awesome). There is nothing you can’t learn or achieve…all you need is dedication, time, and hard work. If I have to tutor you myself, or point you in the right direction, I will. But remember this…”Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” – said a very educated Nelson Mandela. Now go close on some books will ya?