Every one who has ever suffered through undergraduate and/or graduate level education, will inevitably ask themselves if the time, money, and stress invested into those simple pieces of paper (if you graduated) was worth it. Now that I am a business owner forced to wrestle a bit with a variety of regulatory agencies without the endless stream of cash to pay high end lawyers to do it for me, I can officially answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” Thanks especially to the graduate program I endured, I am confident enough in my research and writing skills to have literally prepared an entire book of corporate policies and legal mumbo-jumbo which dots ever ‘i’ and crosses every ‘t’ for another simple piece of paper which says I am allowed to operate a business in a particular industry.
I could spend time going arguing that the state mandated regulatory requirements for the industry I am attempting to dominate are nothing more than an anti-competition racket devised by those who HAVE the endless stream of capital, but I’ll save that for another post on another day.
Today, my only point is this: what lies on my table tonight is proof that regardless of the major you pursue and regardless of the career path you choose to follow afterwards (or, as I suppose is more the case in my situation, the lack of congruent path), there is immense value in the critical skills one achieves through higher education. Skills such as research, effective writing, critical thinking, organization, prioritization, and the ability to pursue an objective with the right mixture of resolve and flexibility to roll with the inevitable changes are worth the few years you spend “finding yourself” in post-high school education.
Now, don’t hear this as criticism of those who choose not to pursue a college or post-graduate education, because it’s not. I’m great friends with people who chose not to seek any formal education after high school who are wildly successful business owners and leaders in their respective fields. I’m just going through a momentary realization that, even though the industry in which I’m attempting enter does not fit within the classical definition of the “majors” I chose to pursue in school, the skills I achieved by enduring years of education in institutions of higher education are the only reason this pursuit is even possible.
Don’t be a fool, stay in school
(if that’s your thing and makes sense for the agenda you’ve set for your life)