My Reply To “Class of 2013: Your Degree Doesn’t Mean Squat”
First, you’ll need to click on the link below and read the article.
Actually, it does. As someone who is passionate, who has an entrepreneurial spirit, and who gained valuable experience during college, I’m telling you that getting your degree does mean something. If you do it right, you learn a lot of valuable lessons along your journey to graduation. Being engaged in the classroom and connecting with professors can be the foundation for building experience while in school, and the gateway to meeting professionals in your field. Getting a degree, or even a 4.0 doesn’t guarantee a job, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth something. If we only invested in opportunities that guaranteed something, we’d miss out on a lot of experiences that can help lead to success.
- Getting mentored or being a mentor doesn’t guarantee anything, but it’s still valuable.
- Attending seminars and webinars doesn’t guarantee anything, but it’s still valuable.
- Giving that small extra effort to help a customer doesn’t guarantee anything, but it’s still valuable.
- Being the first person in your family to get a college degree doesn’t guarantee anything, but it means a lot more than “squat” to the person who got it.
- The examples could go on and on.
I get it, the title is designed to get people to read the article, and it does. In fact, the article even provides some great information and valuable insights for students and job searchers to be mindful of. But we need to stop telling children, teens, and young adults that degrees are useless. There are examples of wildly successful people without college degrees, but there are just as many success stories, if not more, about people with degrees. To say that a degree is worth something isn’t to say that an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, and experience aren’t. Clearly, the combination of all those factors is valuable. But, guess what? There are plenty of smart, passionate, and experienced students without jobs, and that doesn’t mean their degree, skills, or personal characteristics are worthless.
We constantly hear people talking about how the future of education and of our country is in jeopardy. Do you really think sending the message that an education is useless is the answer?
I’m not a 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, and I didn’t necessarily pick this up from school, but a little dose of common sense tells me that your degree is worth something, but it just isn’t worth everything.
It seems like I can’t get away from this topic. You can also read the post below that I wrote exactly 13 months ago.