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  • Writer's pictureJasbir Arora

Getting A Degree Should not be Metric to Succeed and Feeling accomplished

There has been a steady rise in students applying to UK universities, increasing from 306,1000 to 320,000. Such a vast number means fewer students will have the chance of getting scholarships, and most would have to turn to student loans. Most students who cannot get scholarships turn to loans to pursue their education, dreams, and goals. But the recent prohibition from the UK to students without English and maths GCSEs, or two A-levels, may cause students to feel left out and discouraged as they may not be eligible for a student loan in England under new rules. This causes many to think about whether a degree is required for success satisfaction or if they can achieve their life goals or not.

It is not common for people to determine what they are passionate about at young age, while some don't until they are older. Most pursue a degree, get more money, please family, or even choose a career path. While most of us define a career as a person's development within a job or series of occupations while for others, it is more than just a job or working or your profession. The goal here is to let your goals encompass your personal growth and development and your professional and vocational endeavours.

Many of us believe one way or another that there is just one job best suited for most of us, rather than a plethora of options made by intelligent choices. Most of the time, if degrees and grades don't hamper our creativity or let us achieve our goals on our terms, most of us won't need formal education. Furthermore, today we will also discuss degrees or good education isn’t the only recipe for success. Not everyone will get a chance to get a formal education, but if you put your heart into what you want to learn hands-on, you can still achieve success with hard work and determination.

Dire Prospects with Lower Grades in School

Imagine my fear when I left school with one C and D while most other grades were E’s and below. My better grades were not even in the “important” subjects such as English, Maths, and Science, which in the data mentioned at the start, would leave me in dire straits without the option of getting a better education.

In contrast, I wanted to go to university, like all my friends and family but could not get into good universities because of my bad grades.

Are Grades Necessary to Land a Good Job?

I started part-time jobs like retail to earn a living as a start, and it seemed Working a retail job is my life now, and I won't be able to get a high-paid job or a career. I survived most of the initial years by working low-paid jobs until I did an IT job by doing Professional training called MCSE. This training helped me land a helpdesk analyst, a fortunate turn of events. That was the start of a whole new life for me to enter a technical field, and since then, I have never looked back.

With time, I was working with people who had degrees and masters. Even though I was initially less qualified than them, I accumulated a lot more experience in the years to come and became a peer to those with years of experience and fancy degrees.

Skills and Perseverance

In essence, I am trying to say that there are many online resources to enable you to gain some experience before committing to a career or developing skills from different courses. These skills can help pursue a career, together with effective professional planning techniques, help you manage ambiguity in a changing atmosphere allowing you to overcome obstructions throughout your work life.

Many individuals are already aware that degrees are not a success metric to thrive if you look at big names in tech like Bill gates. Do you know what Bill Gates, Dorrie Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? These are all college or university dropouts and have become wealthy entrepreneurs.

This dropout success necessarily doesn't mean all who drop out of college become billionaires. I believe that credentials aren't necessarily required for success in general, as I have demonstrated in my case that there are some jobs where you don't need certificates/degrees to succeed. In reality, a diploma or degree does not ensure success. Most famous actors or sportspersons, for example, have become famous and renowned, polishing a set of abilities and experience.


Things and careers like Vlogging and online blogs need more knowledge and perseverance than an actual degree. Carpentry, painting, plumbing, etc., are a few of the skills that don't need formal education, and you can still be a master in these crafts. In the end, it's all about your goals and how you plan to achieve them, and how hard you can work for them.



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