An Undergraduate Degree: Do you need it?
Oct 4 · 4 min read

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Princess Diana, Thomas Edison; what do they have in common? None of them have completed a college degree! Surprised? Yes, you are, because these people are incredibly smart, successful, are multi-billionaires; all without a degree. How did they do this? They did it because of a lot of hard work and a thirst for knowledge which went well beyond what they were taught in college.

Why didn’t they finish college?

They had to choose between something they wanted and something they had to do. They chose the former for several reasons. Bill Gates left University in his second year to work in coding projects which would later become the foundation for Microsoft.

Steve Jobs dropped out in his first semester so that he could attend classes on calligraphy, which had no practical application in his life at the time but it would be instrumental to start Pixar, which would completely change the field of Animation.

Princess Diana never attended University after her finishing school in Switzerland but she took up low paying jobs in the field of teaching because of her love for children. This was very important in making her a beloved member of the royal family.

Thomas Edison had very little formal education and never attended college. He was home-schooled by his mother and further sold sweets and newspapers on the railway when he was very young. His talent in science and business led him to found several companies like General Electric, also the inventions like the lightbulb and the phonograph.

The Skills you need to become successful

A college degree will help you get a job, but what you need are life skills for the real world. These skills won’t just help you get a good job but they’ll make sure that you survive and even succeed.

Life Skills

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

These are the skills you need to get along and work with other people either verbally or non-verbally. Skills like Listening, using techniques such as clarification and reflection can help prevent misunderstanding and also build rapport.

Decision Making and Problem Solving

Making effective decisions is the most important characteristic of a leader. Leaders should also be efficient at understanding and finding solutions to problems.

Creative and Critical Thinking

This explains the ability to think in different and unusual ways to find solutions to problems and to come up with new ideas. This also includes the ability to assess information carefully and understand its relevance to you or anyone else.

These skills are essential in a study or a work environment to showcase your abilities and proving your worth. Getting good marks or doing well in projects at work aren’t going to make you successful if you do not know how to take care of yourself. These are called Personal skills and keep you ready and focused and yet help to protect yourself in adverse situations.

Personal Skills

Self-Awareness and Empathy

The ability to understand oneself; your strengths, weaknesses, and limits will help you understand what you are good at and work on what you are not so can you can improve your skills. Knowing your limits lets you know when you have to stop, take a step back and take care of yourself.

Assertiveness and Resilience

Assertiveness is the ability to stand up for yourself or others and being resilient means that you can cope with problems, recover from setbacks and learn from them You will face challenges throughout your life and the ability to face these challenges, conquer them and learning from your mistakes is essential in every part of life.

Above all, what you really need is an unlimited drive to learn

To Conclude

A degree is important and it will help you achieve your academic and professional goals but Life skills and Personal skills will help you to stay focused and stay motivated every day to make sure that you study or work hard to get there.

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