Hello Diamante. Short answer is no. That said, certain careers essentially demand higher education (as examples brain surgeon, nuclear physicist, attorney, professional wrestler, [just kidding about that last one]) but for the most part you will find major success stories in all fields of life from people with little formal education after high school. It is harder to be successful without additional formal education, but not impossible. I know a CPA for instance without a college degree.
If you can afford the time and money to attend college it does increase your chances of success, but doesn't guarantee them. What also increases your chance of success is to have a strong career goal and focus on doing whatever is needed to reach it. For instance if you know you really, really want to own a sporting goods store (a one-time dream of mine) then find out what you need to do and set out to do it. The more you define your career goal the clearer your focus will be, and you will know what you need to do to get there. Might mean a certificate program from some place. On the job training some where. A couple years at a community college. Some online credentials program
Ok, so how do you define a career goal if maybe you aren't dead sure what you want to do?
Good question (...it should be, I wrote it...) :)
I would suggest finding a used copy of a book called What Color is Your Parachute? I've used it for a career change....just as good starting out. It will get you focused.
Once you are focused on a goal tell yourself "Ok, nothing's gonna stop me now!" And if you mean that, it won't! Good luck my friend.
Tom recommends the following next steps:
- Find the book.