A great job means great money, which eventually translates into good potential for savings, but should you depend only on a great education for all of this? Is it not too much to expect of mere bookish knowledge? What of practical life and life experience? Some of the most successful people have learnt the tricks of success without the backing of big brand educational institutes, so clearly there is more than one route to doing well.
What is a great education?
A great education is going through the typical stages of the education system prevalent at the time, and hopping on to a big name in the education industry at some stage, preferably towards the end of the line. This is what arms you with the grades and qualifications for the right internships at the right places. It also leads to the ‘best’ job placements and it will eventually ‘make’ your life. The formula, more often than not, works. But is it a rule?
What is needed for a good job?
Given the fail-safe formula mentioned above, it seems pretty clear that there is one road to success – or to that coveted big job. Start with a solid foundation of primary education, go on to sharpen your skills at a reputed college, graduate in a specialization at a big brand institute, and you are set to land a great job! But if you stop for just a moment and consider individuals like Jack Ma and Warren Buffet – both of who have been stunning examples of success the world over – you will notice that the great education formula had little to do with their stories.
Example 1: Jack Ma
This is the quintessential success story – the one where adversity fuelled desire and resulted in Jack Ma. Always struggling with academics, Jack Ma made it a point to excel at things he was passionate about, a very inspiring example being how he managed to learn English by working as an unofficial tour guide in China. Experimenting and observing were two characteristics that added to Ma’s life experience, and though he managed an MBA degree from a university, it was mostly his own effort that shaped him into the mega success that he is today. Being rejected repeatedly by conventional jobs and educational institutes added to the profile of an individual who constantly questioned the status quo.
Example 2: Warren Buffett
Privileged and educated at big brand institutes, Warren Buffett discovered the formula of financial success as a young child, when the badge of a great education was still years away. Always dabbling in side businesses and entrepreneurial ventures, Warren Buffett even flirted with the idea of skipping college. One of the big influences in his life was a book borrowed from a public library at age seven! His subsequent academic qualifications further served to sharpen his already fertile business brain, but very clearly were not the reason for the investment giant’s success.
These people’s stories prove beyond doubt that personal growth, adding value to yourself, being a people’s person, and being resourceful are as responsible in shaping a successful career as the great education that is idolized so much. Pinning your hopes on academics is no guarantee of success; in fact, a highly educated person may not know the ropes and even end up being a failure! This is in no way an attempt at trivializing great education, only a perspective that helps you translate your great education into a great job.
If you are looking at your education to land you a great job which in turn translates into sizeable savings, remember to add to your educational profile in the following ways:
1. Building a strong personality
Work on developing your personality – adding value to yourself opens doors you didn’t know existed. Here is one good tip.
- Meet people, get to know them, and realize their potential, even if only to add to yours. You never know when you need to call upon someone from another part of your life – say while starting your own venture.
Jack Ma, for example, believed in hiring people smarter than himself and devoted himself to ensuring that the smart guys worked together.
2. Be resourceful
You can only do so much with bookish knowledge. Practical experience, on the other hand, is a well that you can dip into at any time to come up with an idea or a solution. A great tip here is:
- Get a job on the side, delve into an unconventional stream, or use internships to gather more experience.
A past heavy with experience measures up to another with degrees. Warren Buffett’s little ventures like selling chewing gum as a child taught him the basics of investing.
3. Diversify your skills
Diversify your professional scope by making a foray into allied fields and industries. Qualification after qualification in one single field may turn you into an expert, but today’s market is looking for the multi-pronged approach. Businesses and companies look forward to hiring people from different fields to add to their arsenal of expertise.
A well-rounded individual has more chances of success than one with a skewed graph that plots only their educational background.