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Academic qualification ensures success in life?

Ahmad says:
Academic qualifications are commonly felt to give a person the best chance of success in life. How far is this true?
56 months ago
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Aileen  says:
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éjla  says:
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Many would argue that success is not about making money, but about developing oneself into a person who is valuable to others. So, all in all, academic qualifications DON'T "necessarily" ensure success in life; but qualifications CAN HELP in getting one onto the right path to success [& happiness], if one has the motivation to do well in life.


<b>ZAB:</b> Indeed, RE-TRAINING and UPDATING our SKILLS in a constantly-changing employment market and business environment as a whole, is just as important, if not more important than our original bits of papers from high school and university.
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Zabde-Ezra  says:
For the few with computer memory who have amazing abilities to regurgitate information on demand, there are some (dwindling) job opportunities which will be attracted by the scores on their papers. But for the vast majority, we have to be creative, re-tool, re-learn, and be flexible because what we knew yesterday will be obsolete by thursday next week!-Zab.
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michael  says:
No
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Yonas  says:
Success is a relative term, it is achieving something relative to your goal. If your goal is to reach somewhere academically,and if you got it, then it doesn't mean that you are successful in Life at all. There are a lot of life activities which we need success other than education. I rather choose to be 'good' on many things rather than being 'the best' on one thing, because life is a combination of many things. However Education makes life easier as compared to not being eduated,because we are now moving from the age of 'Industrial revolution' to the age of 'Information revolution' which requires us to go inline with the new knowledges and developments. That is why we need to educate ourselves and our nations.
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devimwanaa  says:
@Ahmad , in General terms,When it comes to success,, Education is just a factor (a plus 2b specific). its like a catalyst lifting u to get the best in lyf. Tho being educated does not mean ur going to live a successful lyf. I av seen pipo without certificates of higher learning institutions (Degrees to be precise) but living a successful lyf. the opposite is also true. It ol depends on how we play our cards. This does not mean u shud not educate ur babies of course..
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éjla  says:
We cannot really generalize. Circumstances are different for everybody. Some people are successful [financially] WITH an education [uni'], and some are equally as successful [financially] WITHOUT an education [ie university degrees].

Having said the above, we should NOT shun education, and DELUDE ourselves, that we're all going to be like Bill Gates, or Richard Branson, and the likes of other successful people without university education.

Always good, to have something to fall back on, and it's nice to enlighten one's mind anyway. Education can be fun too... formal and informal :)
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Kc  says:
Ahmed ur fully wrongly informed!!Bill gates decided to leave colle to further his dreams!!!He had a dream to further his expertice on netzwork!!!.....Thats different from those that drop out coz they have had enough from colle!!!
55 months ago
Spoon  says:
@Annie it's true in school we meet new people and get exposure but in the streets too they are many people to interact and learn from especially in a metropolis.
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Annie  says:
@Spoon,when you are in school you have a chance to interact and meet many people from all sorts of life,just that alone is an experience many dont have a chance to meet and so at school we dont only go there to learn but we also tend to meet other things we cant see home or in the street
55 months ago
Spoon  says:
I better be street smart than be book smart. The best way to learn life is through life itself but they don't teach that in school.
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MERCY  says:
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56 months ago
Chukwuma  says:
LJ you are 100% correct. Even profs can be failures in life.
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éjla  says:
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Many would argue that success is not about making money, but about developing oneself into a person who is valuable to others. So, all in all, academic qualifications DON'T "necessarily" ensure success in life; but qualifications can help in getting one onto the right path to success, if one has the motivation to do well in life.
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éjla  says:
Remember, education and training of the mind is on-going, until we take our last breath. Education is a never-ending process, formal or informal...

SEIZE moments and OPPORTUNITIES...
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éjla  says:
A person's ABILITY to translate and utilize their education in the REAL world [in a sustainable way], is actually more important, than the "papers" per se. The proof is in the pudding so to speak, ie behaviour... [in personal life as well as professional life]...

Synonyms: KNOWLEDGE [knowing fact], UNDERSTANDING [the ABILITY to REASON or APPLY LOGIC], and WISDOM [the ABILITY to APPLY knowledge and understanding to APPROPRIATE SITUATIONS]; and its Antonyms: ignorance and foolishness...
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éjla  says:
INFORMAL [non-classroom] EDUCATION, is just as important as FORMAL [classroom] EDUCATION. Informal education involves not just KNOWLEDGE but LIFE EXPERIENCES too.

Formal education enables one to obtain FORMAL paper QUALIFICATIONS needed to prove one's "POTENTIAL" ability to perform a given job, in a COMPETITITVE employment MARKET.

Having said the above, I've met people with incredible paper qualifications [&education], who proved that sometimes, their qualifications were NOT worth a damn.... Some people, despite very high and many formal paper qualifications, they're still idiots, when it comes to their personal APPLICATION/USE of these qualifications in their jobs, as well as their personal lives.

What is important, is a person's ABILITY to UTILIZE and OPTIMISE their [formal & informal] EDUCATION and QUALIFICATIONS "practically" in their PROFESSIONAL as well as PERSONAL lives.
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éjla  says:
The importance of education is quite clear. Education is the knowledge acquired in putting one's POTENTIAL to maximum use. One can safely say that a human being is not SELF-ACTUALIZED until he is EDUCATED and able to UTILIZE their God-given talents and appreciate LIFE and CONTRIBUTE towards life for oneself and others; and NOT necessarly JUST for obtaining a good job, though it helps.

This importance of education is basically for two reasons. The first is that the training of a human mind is NOT complete without education. Education makes a person a right thinker. It teaches one how to think and how to make decisions.

The second reason is that through the attainment of education, a person's ability is ENHANCED to receive information from the external world; to acquaint oneself with past history and receive all necessary information regarding the present.

Without education, a person is as though in a closed and ISOLATED room; and with education s/he finds him/herself in a room with all its windows open towards the big wide world outside and all around...
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éjla  says:
http://www.graduates.com/ForumComments.aspx?si=323570&ti=271314

I'm pasting below, my comments from an old post from last year...
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Scoline  says:
G's String, pliz try not to be rude.

Ahmad: academic qualifications only predispose one to a better chance of being successful in almost all aspects but not necessarily a major ingredient for success.
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Ahmad  says:
The definition of success differs from person to person and field to field. One could take economic success as a touchstone to label a person successful in life, ignoring his of her other failures, like divorce, health, inefficiency, etc. Others may look at a capacity for overcoming challenges, irrespective of what someone earns and the nature of their private life. So who is a successful person and who is a failure? Do school and college grades and examination results provide a way of predicting or ensuring future success? If that is true, then we should encourage as many young people as possible to go to university and work hard to gain formal qualifications. But is it true? Aren?t some college drop-outs like Bill Gates and Richard Branson hugely successful icons of success? And should we automatically consider the millions of young people who have not had the opportunity to gain academic certificates to be failures in life?
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