Do You Really Need A College Degree To Succeed In Life?

Education is no doubt the most important asset in a person’s life. It is the only thing that can help you sustain in this competitive world. But how exactly can we define education? Is it the college degree that you spend a good number of years on? Is it good grades? Or perhaps it is the extra certifications you get on the side? Well, I guess none of these are. But merely holding a degree just doesn’t mean you are educated and may not lead you to success.

According to me, education is the knowledge or the skills that you possess which ultimately get you a living. Let’s take a look at some facts what exactly your degree gives you and how far you are from reality?

What is A College Degree?

A university gives the degree is to the students acknowledging their credits in the given subject. This piece of paper confirms that you have studied and conducted examinations and have also passed them. Some companies require a standard score of GPA for the students they hire.

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College Degree Levels

The most commonly pursued levels of a college degree are the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

Level of College Degree Completion Time (If You Study Full-time) Prerequisite For This Level Of College Degree
Associate degree 2 years High school diploma or equivalent
Bachelor’s degree 4 years High school diploma or equivalent
Master’s degree 1-2 years Bachelor’s degree
Doctoral degree 2+ years Master’s degree


Why Only A College Degree Does May Not Help You To Succeed In Life?


1. A College Degree Is Expensive

Many Students Go In Debt Before Even Starting Job!

In order to pursue a degree, students take loans and go into massive debt. The situation of student loans is very bad, especially in the United States.

As per a 2018 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the total amount of student loan debt is $1.47 trillion, which exceeds the amount on credit card debts.

Many students are unsure if they would be able to pursue a job immediately after college. But having a student loan does more harm than good to those kinds of students.

So before you think about lending a student loan for getting a degree in college, plan out what you want to do in life. And to do that, do you even need a college degree? Analyze and you will come up with an answer.

For instance, you need not necessarily be an MBA graduate to learn about management. Management is a skill that you need to learn in real-time. So instead of trying to take huge student loans for a college degree, think outside the box.

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2. A Piece Of Paper Depicting Your Grades Merely

A degree is nothing more than a piece of paper telling what you did in your exam but what recruiters tend to look for is what you did in the whole span of your degree, what were you as a person in those 3 or 4 years. What actually you can do and manage? What worth you are for their company? So, again two different corners.

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3. A College Degree Is Not A Guarantee For Your Skills

Having a degree doesn’t mean that a person is skilled. If degrees would have been the only proof for skill and talent, then ‘probably we would have never heard about FACEBOOK or APPLE’.

Because both these big giant companies were created by college dropouts. They didn’t have a degree but still made a life – And a really GRAND LIFE at that. But what Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs had at that time were skills and passion.

These two things don’t come with a degree but with education and implementation of that education. They were just ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Also at a private university in the US, a graduate can be tagged for a total of $168,000 for four years of education. Being said that sometimes it may not bring back so much worth to your own self and just turns you into yet another sheep in the flock.

4. College Graduates Are Just A Clone For Corporates

Earlier it was considered that if you have graduated from college with a high enough CGPA and have joined a few groups, you would be the perfect choice for employers.

But the scenario is quite different today with multiple candidates with the same skill set coming into the picture, your degree just turns you into one of the several corporate clones. This means these corporate companies hold the power to choose if you are capable or not. Are you really happy just being a clone like all other students in your college?

So, again the reality is highly different. Also, a typical 9 to 5 job does not make you stand out of the crowd. Really it doesn’t! It is yet another challenge to overcome all the problems you face in the corporate world. Politics is one of the problems. There are quite many things you need to consider before hitting a job in corporate culture.

5. A degree does not show that you have the ‘X-Factor’

You read it right “X-Factor”. As told earlier a degree is just a piece of paper with a bunch of numbers or grades printed on them. These don’t show that you have the X-Factor, which recruiters constantly sought after.

Are you someone who can handle a crowd easily while placing your point?

None of these qualities are described in your degree so having a degree hardly matters if you are skilled enough to showcase your talent. All these factors justify the decreasing number of students with degrees in the US too.

What Actually Makes You Different Other Than A College Degree?

If you want to experience real success then instead of blindly running after a degree try to do something out of the box. That can actually raise your value and get you noticed.

Skills that make you outsmart the crowd and offer you something different in your career. Things that can make others feel that you are special. This difference will get you success.


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At the end of the day, it’s not the certifications that add power to your knowledge base, but it’s the true potential and skill that one possesses.

So before you step into a college, give it a second thought if you really need it. Instead, spend time learning yourself and your interests and keep working on it. You are not born to complete school, join a university, get a job, and die someday. Rethink!

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Kanika is an enthusiastic writer and blogger. She shares her thoughts mainly about positive parenting and workplace trends. She is also a technologist, speaker, educator, writer, and online entrepreneur.