What is the value of Education? Personally, I don’t think you can put a value on it. I believe it is that important!
It seems that all too often, people are either put off by the cost of education, or the thought of re-living less-than-pleasant school days, and they sadly don’t realize what they’re missing out on.
There are so many forms of education these days, that it’s crazy not to take advantage of it in one form or another! Whether you are trying to further your career or your own business, or trying to improve your own personal qualities, everyone has something to gain from being taught something new.
I’m currently undertaking an intensive training course in Real Estate Investing (the FortuneBuilders Mastery program), and to be honest with you, I don’t think I would be able to navigate this industry without it! There’s so much to this industry, and so many creative ways to be successful, plus many risky aspects about it, that I would be foolish not to take some guidance from successful experts on it. Why reinvent the wheel?? Why not learn easier, better, faster ways of doing things? Why not learn from others’ mistakes, and learn how to avoid them?
Of course, there is also the value of learning from your own mistakes – which are going to happen – but the more educated you can become on a topic, the more you reduce your risk of making such mistakes, and better equip yourself to handle them when they do happen.
I was fortunate enough to go to University (Uni) and get a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I took a year off after high school (a “gap” year) before I started Uni, so that I could take a break from studying, get a job, earn some money, and travel around the world with my mum, backpacking (It was SO awesome! :-)). Entering the work force, earning money, and then traveling the world was a wonderful education in itself! The things I learned about the world, about myself, about my mother, and how close it brought us together, were life-changing. And it better prepared me for the 4 years ahead of me at Uni. If you know of anyone considering taking a gap year before they start college or Uni – please encourage them to do so!! Also encourage them to do something useful with the time though – not just fluff around the house in their PJ’s playing video games – and I can attest that their mind will be in a better place when it comes time to tackle formal education again. Too many kids drop out of tertiary education because they just plain burn out after so many years in primary and secondary school.
I think everyone should get a tertiary education of some sort. It is a shame that tertiary education is so expensive in America. I was lucky to undertake it in Australia where I grew up, where it was government subsidized and my out of pocket expenses over the years for the whole degree were in the thousands, not tens or hundreds of thousands! I can’t believe the student loans that people accumulate over here once they graduate – often bigger than a mortgage! No wonder more kids don’t even consider tertiary education, when there’s that ball and chain waiting for you at the end of it all. And if you don’t end up “using” the degree, that makes it feel even worse!
I was one of those who didn’t “use” my degree – I ended up working in Information Technology for a long time, because I wasn’t able to find zoology/biology-related work that paid as well. But just the fact that I even had a degree enabled me to negotiate a higher salary from my employers, even though the field was unrelated! It shows an employer that you have the skills it takes to complete such an undertaking.
The same qualities it takes to get a degree, are the same qualities it takes to be successful at anything in life; motivation, action, time management, goal setting, punctuality, people skills, organization, perseverance – the list goes on. But not all of those qualities are BUILT-IN to a person – some you have to learn (and some you have to learn the hard way!), but over the course of a degree is when you can learn and hone those skills, and come out with a tangible asset at the end. People talk about the “life education” of tertiary study, and that is what they are referring to (plus the socialization part, of course ;-)). The life education that I experienced while attending University, as well as the friendships and professional relationships that I developed, were priceless. And I believe that everyone should have an opportunity to experience that. AND IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!
So go on, get out there and learn something new – even if it is just for fun! It’s not just the content that you learn, but you will pick up some life skills along the way, and that, to me, is the true value of education.
Be excellent to each other!