7 answers

Is college really necessary to succeed in life?

Asked San Jose, California

We are always told since we are kids to go to school, go to college, get a great job that will help us live a better life but we are basically going to work so many years to pay our student debt not to mention that we aren’t guaranteed to find a job with our degree #collegedebt

7 answers

Michael’s Answer


The question "Is college really worth it" can not be answered with a simple yes or no. It really depends on what you look to do/get out of your college degree. For example, if you are a student wondering whether or not college is worth it and you have no real sense of direction with regard to what you want to do in college then it may not be worth it. Personally, I knew I wanted to be an accounting major going into college, a major that I knew had a high likelihood of getting me a job that paid well post college. Other friends of man came in with a similar mentality and decided to pursue an engineering degree. We are all realizing the benefits of seeing out a major we knew would have value on the other end. However, if you are unsure of your career path or are considering a major that will yield shaky job prospects at best, that's when you need to start questioning whether or not it is worth it to you.

Nick’s Answer


Such a good question. It really depends on what you say is successful. It does not hurt but there is many avenues to find success. What I would say about college, is gives you less chance of being unsuccessful and more tools to be success in a lot of avenues. The classes and life lessons you learn in college will help you with other decisions down the line.

Robert’s Answer

Updated St. Louis, Missouri

Hi Valeria, I think this is a very good questions to ask. The first thing you need to do is determine what success in your life looks like. This will be different for everyone. Once you have determined what success to you is, decide if going to college is one of those steps to achieve your success. Everyone has different definitions of success so it is smart to think through this and not just follow the "norm".

Robert recommends the following next steps:

  • Determine what success in your life looks like.
  • Map out a path to get there
  • Determine if going to college is needed to achieve your success

Aoife’s Answer

Updated Dublin, County Dublin

Hello! I'm someone who has not got a University Degree and my answer to you based on my own experience is no it is not necessary. If you work hard, gain as much useful experience as possible, behave professionally and match your co-workers in terms of ability, motivation, and drive you can get to where you want to go. However, lack of a University qualification can prevent you being considered for some entry level roles when you are competing against a graduate with the same experience as you. My advice is, if you don't want to go to college, educate yourself in other ways - Take free online courses, gain some professional certifications and keep educating yourself and up-skilling in practical ways. Use each job you take as a stepping stone to the next role. Keep a list of your achievements, get a mentor and work as hard.

Aoife recommends the following next steps:

  • Find a mentor - someone who is working in the area you are interested in.

Katie’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland

College is not necessary to succeed in life. It's not even necessary to have a successful career. It all depends on your definition of success.

If success to you means having a career as an engineer, attorney, doctor, etc., then yes college is necessary. For some success is doing what they love every day, and that might not require a college degree.

A great job is much easier to get if you have a skill. Skills can be gained through a variety of options including college, technical school, or apprenticeship.

Katie recommends the following next steps:

  • Determine the type of career you want to have and what is required to work in that field.

Raven’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Valeria, you make an excellent point student debt within the US is the largest in the world, students become adults with debt. However, No! you don't have to attend a college or university to have a great fulfilling career or to become an influential person. There are many great successful people out there that haven't gone to college or that dropped out of college or only went as far as a Bachelors degree. It all depends on your game plan, I for one decided to attend a 4 year institution and graduate with a B.A In Sociology along with many of my friends that went as far as that and decided that going for a masters wasn't for them and then they began to focus on their dreams and passions. Now many of them are very successful and happy. You have to have an outline for what it is you want to do, where you want to go and how you want to get there. What are you passionate about? How do you execute that?

Raven recommends the following next steps:

  • Weave out what success is to you! Make a list of you ambitions and goals!
  • Research entrepreneurs, take notes and listen to the advice they give
  • Determine what it is you want to have a career in and begin to create!
You have asked an amazing question. Is college necessary for success? Well if you take the time to actual research a handful of truly great men and woman in history that have accomplished what can now be looked at as tremendous success, you would agree that those individuals didn't feel it was . Take it upon yourself to consider what we have available to use today, the resources are far greater now than ever before. You can find men and woman who have written about their lives and ups and downs and yet they were able to reach happiness and wealth.

William’s Answer

Updated Franklin, Tennessee

College isn't necessary to succeed in life. It could potentially make you more marketable depending upon what career path you want to take. The first step is to determine where your passion lies and how you want to impact the world around you. Once you determine what your passion and calling in life is then you can decide if college is a route you want to take. Determining your passion is the foundation for everything.