JR8 wrote: x9200 wrote:
I had FIVE.
First I thought what JR8 meant was to study only for a piece of paper but after rereading the above I am not sure. I have more than five and it was a world opening for me.
Maybe different perspectives?
I went to uni, it was pointless.
I dropped out.
I hit my first job, as a LIFFE floor booth operator at 21. I was relatively old, and ignorant, I should have been there at 15 or 16. There were kids who'd started at that young, traders (fully qualified coloured jackets) at 17/18 ... well welcome to the meritocracy!!!
If I seem to have little sympathy for dreamers... well ....
You need to be careful with qualifiers. Sure, the big bad world out there requires skills and knowledge not taught in tertiary education. Attitude, creativity, moxie...talent are very important and oftentimes are required to succeed.
There are other things that require training. Science, technology, engineering. Not all the guts and attitude in the world is enough to succeed in them. You can read and immerse yourself but if no one shows you how to make sense of it all, you don't have all the time in the world to make mistakes to learn from.
That said, training and education doesn't necessarily come from formal education. People can go to a mentor. Become an apprentice. Read. Experiment. Have someone who knows more than you show you the f***** ropes.
Sure, a lot of degrees are pointless. Who would hire an MBA who has no industry experience? What would a degree in Ancient Aztec literature bring to the economy. Why the hell would anyone should be impressed by a master's degree from a university prestigious only in your town?
On the other hand, you get these people who've been studying longer than most people would and are brilliant in their field. They would have never made that breakthrough if they didn't study.
Hence, having that piece of paper is not completely useless. It serves one purpose--it sets an expectation for whose name appear on it should have the minimal ability to do something. If you have a degree, then you should be able to do something for a bare minimum. If you don't meet that expectation, then that indeed is a waste of time and money. If you don't have a degree, then you don't have that burden of expectation.