WHAT IS CAREER?
There is no single definition for the term “career”, however for the sake of our explanations, we will narrow it down to the key words in the term.
A career is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life time or working age mainly with the aim of making progress and consequently a means of living. It can also be defined as a path, direction, vocation or profession chosen as one’s lifetime work.
You may be an artiste, singer, IT professional, business developer, medical doctor, engineer, architect etc. The profession you choose for yourself as a lifetime work is your career.
Do You need a College Degree to succeed in your Career?
The answer to this question depends on your overall career goal. haven said that, let us not forget that education itself educates the human mind beyond the benefits of a career alone. Let us look at this in full.
Depending on the professional you intend to build your career in, chasing your dreams can happen with or without a university degree, but getting a good degree will immensely make things far easier for you with numerous opportunities to explore. A degree will help you thrive within your competitors and peers. It will give you the confidence to stand out or operate confidently when in the midst of other highly qualified competitors. If you don’t have a college degree, you may fall out when placed in a pool of highly diversified and qualified individuals with great talent due to low self esteem.
Having a degree can improve the chances of employment. Although a degree does not guarantee success, it does improve chances of getting noticed. This can be a good stepping stone to success. Also if you need to work and save some money before starting a company, then a college degree will get you a higher paying job than the latter.
A literate society is a rich society. Wealth most times flows in the direction where there is quest for knowledge. A university degree can help boost the literacy rate of an individual, community, country and beyond; and these therefore helps with economic growth. Most of the richest countries in the world are also top in education, this is in sharp contrast to the poorest countries in the world. The main reason for poverty in some of the poorest countries of the world is lack of education, skills and work experience. Countries in Africa often lack the resources to provide proper education and this has affected the standard of living.
The philosopher Plato once said, “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life”. Degrees may not be essential for success but they surely make it easier.