• It helps, especially job wise. But it's not a guarantee.
  • About 30 years ago, it did, but college degrees aren't valuable anymore because everyone has them. No amount of education seems to be helpful for getting a job in this economy. It's not about what you know, it's about who you know and if you have rich parents to help you network.
  • No one wants to hire a stupid.
  • It is not guaranteed that having a higher education (ie undergraduate, graduate, and beyond) will give you a successful life. HOWEVER there is an extremely higher percentage of successful professionals with higher education than without. You can google goverment census information on occupations. It will list statistics on earnings versus profession and statistics like average amount of taxes paid and so forth. I dont remember the URL or i'd post it.
  • not in my case, I have a master degree but work in constructions...
  • not necessarily. I had a bachelors degree. Couldn't get a job. Got a master's degree. Got a part time job. Had to get a PHD before I could get a FT job and now I have to work for a hospital that tells me how much to charge, that I can't see uninsured patients and all. That is not why I got into this job. i want to help those who really need it which covers those with depression which is usually 90% of the poor and uninsured but I have no choice right now. The job market is tough. Just because you spend 4 years in college means nothing. Took me an 8 year degree which took 13 years to get. I know people with PHD's that still have no job. So if you have one be very thankful
  • I think it depends on how one quantifies success. I don't have a college education but I consider myself to be successful: I'm happy, have a good, relatively well-paying job where I get to influence the direction of my company and I have opportunities to better myself. I enjoy going to work and I love my job. Those are my standards for success.
  • Having a higher education can provide more options and open more doors but it is still no guarantee of success in life, especially during these tough economic times.
  • Yes I do. I think that more so than the piece of paper you get that says you can do something... I think that you learn about skill sets like deadlines and how to deal with people better in an educational setting with others, and learn together how to face the world. Academics are not the only things we get out of our educations and when they are lacking or missing the person is sometimes socially inept... Not unlike myself! Although even Harvard in the Spring couldn't make me like people!
  • Not really. It is just a paper in most cases. They won't teach you how to make money in University, believe me. I am finishing my bachalaurs this year and I can only say the most money I have earned is from something which isn't taught in any school, university and which I learned myself over time, with dedication. Really, it's all about the person!
  • The statistics are very clear. People with college degrees earn substantially more than those with a high school education or less. Those with graduate degrees earn still more. And the unemployment numbers show that education tends to make you layoff-proof. That said, someone still has to be willing to get out there and work. Education just gives you the tools. You still have to apply those tools to get anything worthwhile from them.
  • It can, but it's not guaranteed, believe me! You can be just as successful without all the extra education.
  • Generally? Yes. Definitively, decisively, and predominantly? No. I have no Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors, or even freaking Associates degree...not even a single generic Industry certification...yet my actions spoke for themselves once I got a foot in the door of my path of choice. Next thing I knew I went from contractor to employee...and am currently surviving wave after wave of layoffs and workforce reductions, and viewing my peers' discontent at economic-induced pay and benefit cuts as an opportunity to shine by redoubling my efforts and visibility to management while they get pissy... Doesn't matter what degrees they had/have. My *PAPER*-credential-less ass can outperform the veterans more often than not. 6 months ago one of my peers would have credited his job to his education. 1 month ago a decision had to be made by upper management on who to keep....relatively new/cheap me or old dog (that wasn't learning new tricks) expensive dude with proven historic knowledge. My management chose the dynamic, adaptable new I'm kicking ass and fully expect some young gun to challenge me eventually. I may lose...but I'm already preparing and can accept losing if I gave it my all vs. being blindsided. Education can most certainly help...but it is not an end-all as my "exception to the norm" story above intends to represent. Cheers.
  • Usually because it opens more doors for you but that is not to say that someone who has no education will not do well sometimes.
  • Yes I do as it certainly helped to make me more successful.

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