Are you a degree holder?

Davao, Philippines
September 2, 2010 6:53am CST
When I was still studying , I tool up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Chemistry and Physics. It is a 4-year course but I only took it for 3 years.After 3 years of studying I did get my diploma last 2006. My question is this. How important is it to be a degree holder? Can we really use all the things we learned from school in reality? Why is that most of the people who are successful in life is not a degree holder? Some of them did not even finish High School. Do you get my point?
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@lindsiko (358)
• United States
4 Sep 10
I think it definitely dependson the person. For me, I wouldn't have been as successful in my life if I hadn't gone to college and received my degree. I just needed that kind of environment to learn and to better myself.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
3 Sep 10
Of course I get your point. Having a "degree" is neither the measure of a man nor his success. I hold two degrees, but, so what? Hopefully I will put some or all of what I've learned to good use; that is, to benefit others and leave a legacy of good works. Of course, you do not have to have a "degree" or even a "formal education" to learn things that are good, and true, and right, and beneficial. Just reading the Bible will put you ahead of the curve on that, as well as wisdom and common sense. All the "degrees" in the world without a sound moral base as to how to use knowledge are worthless. Knowledge without wisdom is of no use.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
3 Sep 10
Hi shearry. I know there are non-degree holders who became successful. But it's not like we shouldn't go to school anymore just because Mr. X was only in sixth grade but now owns the biggest frequently-visited zoo in the world. For me, a degree is not a guarantee of a successful life. It is how you make the most out of what you have that makes a person successful.
@sumanadep (1230)
• India
3 Sep 10
Having a degree is not important to be successful but when it comes to getting a job it is required.. because most of the company look for people who are having a degree.. They don't look at the skill you have.. If you are an artist you may not require a degree as it is your skills that you need to show...
@jeikl_08 (97)
• Philippines
3 Sep 10
it doesnt mean if your a degree holder youll get very2 sucessful., well those people who are very successful now who doesnt even finished higschool nor having a degree is that maybe they were very persevere, striving hard to elevate their status...ATTITUDE can be a major major factor for your success!!
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 10
Hi, I am a degree holder,it took 3 years for me to complete my degree, apart form it, I also got a Diploma in Economy certificate. After my study, I was working in few companies before I settled down at my husband's hometown. Having a degree is better than having no qualification. At this reality world, a certificate may lead the person to have better job offered. Of course, There are lot of people who don't have high qualification,but also very successful. That is their luck and maybe because they have a family business to carry on,then of course, they can be so successful.
@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
3 Sep 10
Yes I am a degree holder. I am a graduate of Civil Engineering and I already have passed the licensure examinations. This is a 5-year course and it took me 5 years to finish my studies. I wanted to be an Accountant before but my family cannot afford the tuition fee for this course. So I took up Civil Engineering.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
3 Sep 10
I am a degree holder too. I majored in Biology and I also had that for four years. I got my diploma last 2004. Before, people say that getting a degree is really important. But these days, you need to have both. A degree and some skills.
• United States
3 Sep 10
I do have a degree. I am not working in that field right now though! I have always found it interesting that my siblings all make more money than I did and none of them have a degree of any sort! Not sure it's worth it...
• Indonesia
3 Sep 10
I think there's no obligation to be a degree holder. Most people who are successful in life are not degree holders. Most of them are able to upgrade their ability because they have to be such that to support their life and to be survive.
@carrine (2749)
• Philippines
2 Sep 10
congratulations you were able to finished your course in 3 years time. here's the thing here. it is very achieving or fulfilling if we do have a degree. but being a successful in life, the degree were holding or we finished is not that key all the time. i knew a lot of people who are not a degree holder and they were so rich and successful in life. i knew people also that they've finished a degree and their not successful in life. the key in how to be successful is focused on what you are doing, set a goal, and work for it.
• United States
2 Sep 10
I have my Associate of the Arts Degree in English-Liberal Arts and I am currently working on my Bachelor of the Arts in English-Literature and Language. I am almost finished with getting my degree, I have one more year left.
• United States
2 Sep 10
Hi, I am currently studying for my bachelors degree in medical office administration and let me tell you I highly feel like it is worth it. Its very important to be a degree holder because right now with the world and the recession a lot of jobs are going after individuals with degrees. The higher type of degree you have the better chance of a job hiring you. The things you learn in school is what makes you the person of knowledge in reality because without education it would be hard to understand the important of a job and the qualities needed. The majority of people that are sucessful in like that is not a degree holder or finished with high school is celebrities and athletes. If im wrong I understand but they do not need to much knowledge in those fields. I truley understand your point and I hope this is a little bit of help.
@nicole00 (141)
• United States
2 Sep 10
Well I have a degree in Medical office assistant only . If you want my honest opinion it doesnt make since to get a whole bunch of degrees in reality your only going to use at least one, but who know maybe you can get three degrees and get in a field where you utilize all just maybe.
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
2 Sep 10
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English. For me, it doesn't have any practical use, since I don't want to teach. As far as concrete uses, no, it didn't give me any. But, I do think it helped me intellectually. I mean, I'm a reader, but there are certain books I never would have read if it wasn't for my English classes. But, if you're asking if I've made money because of my degree, no.
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
2 Sep 10
I think having a degree is only important as the first step to find yourself a job. It does not necessary bring you towards better life or huge flow of income. It is how you work and how smart you work that determine what you will get in the future. Most of the time, many things that we study in University is not applicable in real work environment. However, if possible, try to use some of your knowledge that you think will benefit your job and try out ways to optimize what you are doing. In no time, you will learn how to improve yourself and add value to the company. Good luck to you!
• United States
2 Sep 10
I have a BS in Business and Administration. But it was not until after I developed my career in my field that I obtained it. As time passes it will be that more necessary to have one, not so much for earnings but companies are becoming much more selective these days. As the economy continues to drop, unfortunately companies will want to be that more lucrative and unfortunately also pay less for educated skilled employees.
• Philippines
2 Sep 10
Hi. Yes I'm a degree holder, BSN. But, there is no work available here in our country. So, I'm working as an MT and guess what, do be able to work as an MT all you need is a certificate. So I guess if you want to have a degree go get it, but it doesn't guarantee work or even high earnings. I agree with you, some of those who didn't even finish college are very successful. It all really depends in your ability in life.
@sjhaeki (798)
• Philippines
2 Sep 10
i see your point. i think it's just about the person and his/her resolve. some degree holders are,like, studying it just to become a degree holder and when they achieve it they either become underemployed or pursue another path and some follow what they originally wanted. maybe the reason why some successful people are those who haven't finished school was because of the hardships they've faced and their goals in life which are often taken for granted by some who are lucky to have what others wanted. i am a degree holder myself, and i think, i'll pursue on this occupation since i chose it and see how far this will take me.
• India
2 Sep 10
I think it depends on what one does. For example, a business man like Bill Gates requires no degree. I don't think degree is required there. Whereas Sachin Tendulkar also did not earn the kind of degree one seeks. But he did very well in his field. However, if one aims to become a professor it's often that not required to get degree. I think it's rare to find figures without high degree who made it really big.