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Do I have to go to university to become successful?

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Last Updated: 10/19/2020 at 2:35am
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rachsxo
January 13th, 2020 5:07am
It really depends on what field you want to be successful in. Some professions (ex. doctors, lawyers, nurses) require many years of undergraduate and postgraduate school in order to pursue that career. However, many successful people either didn't attend a university or dropped out of their school and still became successful. For example, Billy Joel became one of the most successful musicians of all time, and he didn't go to university or even graduate high school. Additionally, Steve Jobs, one of the most well known and successful businessmen of recent years, dropped out of university after only completing one semester. It is very possible to be successful without university, it all depends on your own personal definition of success (:
SylvanGrantaire
February 17th, 2018 3:55am
No, you do not have to go to university to be successful. But. University degrees make things easier. They increase your statistical likelihood of getting hired, staying employed, and getting promotions. Why hired? Because employers think if you can stick with college well enough to pass, you can stick with their job well enough to be worth hiring. Why staying employed? Companies think it makes them look better to have college graduates, so they'll hold you tighter than someone without college. (I worked at a store and my manager grumbled she couldn't fire the College Graduate because it'd make her numbers look bad) Why promotions? Looks good on their numbers. College isn't necessary, but it gives you a leg up. It really does help make your life better.
romanticthi3f
February 20th, 2018 11:15pm
No you do not - I agree with SylvanGrantaire that going to University does increase your statistical likelihood of getting hired/employed and getting promotions, however ultimately it depends on the industry that you'd like to work in and what's required for your role. As an example, if you wanted to become a Doctor then by law you would need to go to university; however if you wanted to become an artist, then not necessarily. A lot of people can become successful just by getting lots of work experience, networking and jumping at various opportunities within the field. It's important to know that just because you may go to University doesn't mean that you will find work afterwards - I know lots of people personally who have graduated and couldn't find work. So it's definately worth tossing up and seeing which is right for you. :)
SunlessSky
March 26th, 2018 12:51pm
Personally I don't think you have to. If you have a concrete plan on how you want to make a living, and you have the means and the determinatiom to go through with it, then you can be really successful, no matter at what point you stopped your education. But it's also very important - if you want to thrive, you needn't run away from learning altogether. Really successful people know the value of constant growth and of expanding their horizons. You can do it!
Anonymous
April 2nd, 2018 7:16pm
not necessarily. To be successful, you have to follow your goals and try hard to achieve them. There are many successful people who do not have a college degree.
CaliforniaGurl56
May 3rd, 2018 11:13pm
Nope! There are plenty of successful people out there who never went to university. Ellen Degeneres, Russell Simmons, and Rachel Ray are some great examples. If you don't want to go to college, you don't have to. It's totally up to you.
ugotafriendinme18
July 2nd, 2018 12:37pm
No, not at all! Some of the most successful historical figures never even finished high school nevermind attend university and still achieved and discovered incredible things.
CalmTalk77
July 3rd, 2018 9:52pm
I believe it depends on the field of study. Some career paths need the degree in order for you to progress. Others don't. It's for you to decide if you need the degree or if you can gain knowledge elsewhere.
Iden
January 1st, 2019 2:32am
Hi there! For some, the path to success lies in education. For others, in trade work, parenting, travelling, or otherwise chasing their dreams. The best answer to your question depends on what you would like to do for a career. Do you need a university education to achieve your dream job? Are you undecided on what you should do? Some people take a few years off in between high school and university/college in order to figure out their strengths and skills, and how to apply those to the work force. You should also consider what is your definition of success. Do you want to make a certain amount of money? Work in a certain field? Have a certain lifestyle? If so, research what jobs or degrees people who have achieved these goals have gotten. Perhaps you could be just as happy pursuing a trade job, or starting in an entry-level unskilled position and working your way up. It all depends on what you want out of life. And if you change your mind later, there is no law stating you can't go pursue a university degree then. Try sitting down and writing down a list of long-term and short-term goals for then next year, five years, and ten years, and see if they seem attainable for you or if they seem like they would make you happy or make you feel successful.
gentleSun78
July 20th, 2020 11:27am
No, you needn't to go to university to become successfull. There are many jobs and many opportunities to work as self employed which doesn't require university degree and you can be successfull in them. Furthermore, being successfull is relative and very broad term. You can be successfull in your career, family (having good spouse, well raised children), hobbies, sports. It is almost impossible to be equally successfull in all area of the life, it is why you need to find out in which area you wish to be successfull and then work on it. For many of these areas (family, sport, art, many careers) you needn't university degree and you needn't to go to university for it.
HaveFaith0808
October 19th, 2020 2:35am
No, you don’t have to go to University to become successful. There are many options for higher education or work experience after finishing secondary school, sixth form or college. Some people choose to go on a gap year to gain some work experience in different work environments, others join apprenticeship schemes, and some do higher education courses - which doesn’t have to be at University, you can take online courses instead. So there are many different routes you can take to become successful, it all just depends on how much effort and work you put in to your career path.