Growing up, everyone is encouraged to go to school, do your homework, study for an extensive amount of time, listening to your teachers. What happens when you exit the confines of school, and your degree is no match for the career you want to get into. I have had a struggle with this issue because, prior to graduating, my entire focus was on gaining enough experience within the field I wanted to get into. My quest to be great at what I wanted to do overshadowed everything I was learning in school.
I always approached my professors with one question, ‘How do I become better?’, and I always did what I was told, only to enter the real world and be told that I needed an experience in a field I had no experience in. So is going to school worth it or not? Even if you go to school, how sure are you that your degree is going to land you into your career? Don’t get me wrong, school is great, but shouldn’t there be a balance to entering into your desired field? I know there are various avenues to demonstrate what you learn in school, but if there is one thing I have learnt, it’s that, do not allow inexperience to dictate how far you can reach.
I am currently pursuing my masters, and it has been a very great experience for me, because I have always approached any field I want to enter in from two angles: What I know and what I need to know.
What I know is a combination of what I have been taught and what I have experienced for myself. I had the opportunity to send some of my work to outlets that were outside the confines of my school, and it was because some of my professors wanted to expose us to the realities of what existed beyond the school. This is not the case for everyone, because even what you know is not enough sometimes. I got out of school and realized I needed to do more, and so as soon as I finished my undergraduate, I enrolled in the masters program I am in, which became my ‘what I need to know’.
What I need to is what made me pursue the masters program, but I have also understood that God is going to open up a way for you where your degree cannot. The Bible says that in all your ways, acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. Where your degree is not enough to grant you the experience to increase, God is going to give you an opening to increase. So, go to school if you can, but never allow any degree to be all that you can be. You are more than a degree.
God bless you.