Seeing education beyond professional attainment
In a time when the future of education is being hotly debated, it brings to light the misinformation about education that is circulating in our culture. The idea that education exists solely for professional advancement, but only if you can afford school, and those who lack the means to obtain an education is automatically granted the label “failure” has been normalized and accepted by many people across the country.
“Education as a process of learning and growth, involves much more than the mere acquisition of skills. It is fundamentally a way of seeing-of seeing things in ways that make them possible” (Stenhouse, 1979).
I don’t have a degree, but I’m a college graduate.
I know that might sound weird, but it’s not as uncommon as you might think.
The fact is, most degrees are pieces of paper that say very little about the people who hold them.
And while degrees can be extremely valuable — especially in certain professions — they aren’t the only measure of your value as a human being.
Look at it this way: Would you rather work for someone with a degree or someone who has more relevant experience? If you’re like most people, the answer is the latter.
In fact, some of the most successful people in history never finished college. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg are just a few examples.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying that you shouldn’t earn a degree if you want one. I’m simply suggesting that when it comes to finding employment and earning a living, what matters most is your ability to do the job, not whether or not you have a piece of paper to prove it.
As per survey done by students of top girls schools in Pune, there is a new form of racism that is not based on skin color, but rather on academic pedigree. As the world becomes increasingly competitive and knowledge-based, we are seeing a growing emphasis on degrees and diplomas.
This has meant that those who were once considered “beneath” education, like athletes or entertainers, are now being held to account for their lack of formal training, even though they may have achieved greater success than those who went to college.
Use the skills learned
What I have found is that many of the people I talk to never used the skills or knowledge they gained in college. To be successful, you need to be able to apply what you learn in everyday life. I truly believe that having an education is important, but not all degrees are created equal. In this article, I will explain how to best educate yourself while in college and beyond so that you can get the most out of your education.
The essence of the matter is this: students must look beyond what an education can do for them professionally. In a world where a young person’s future may not involve full-scale jobs, being educated makes you more marketable — more able to adapt and take advantage of opportunities that present themselves while you are in school. This can lead you to find your niche, and bring personal fulfilment as well as material success.
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