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Simeon’s Answer

The degree is not necessary unless you are doing something like law or medicine. It's possible to be successful very quickly with trades such as plumbing, electrician, and welder. Plus, if you are able to get into those careers right away, you can be just as successful as people who go for very prestigious careers, but have to go through ten years of school, then a year or two of unpaid residency, followed by several years of paying off student loans. If you manage your money well early on, you can actually become very well off financially just by avoiding debt, saving, and investing. There is a concept in economics called the time value of money. Basically, it means that one hundred dollars today is worth more than one hundred dollars if you earned it five years later, partly because of inflation and partly because you had five years to use it. Even if someone ends up graduating with a higher income than you, they can end up earning a similar amount to you because you starting earning a salary several years sooner.
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Rebecca’s Answer

It is not a must. You may have already heard many famous entrepreneurs that they do not finish their undergraduate degree, e.g. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, etc. However, it does not mean that it is not necessary to attend college.
In Tertiary education, it gives you a lot of opportunities to learn and train yourself on critical thinking, analysis, self learning, etc. You will have a lot of precious opportunities to interact and learn from many famous professors who guru on the subject. Apart from learning, you can also establish network with other peers and join student unions/clubs and organize events. These are valuable experience before you start working full time as an adult.
I would encourage you to take your tertiary education if possible. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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John’s Answer

It really depends on what you want to do. If you are interested in becoming a doctor or an engineer or other specialized professional you probably will need college. There are lots of careers and trades that you can get skills through certification programs, apprenticeships, and even the military.

I personally chose the Air Fore. All my training was paid, solid benefits, I got a cool job working in a laboratory, and I get to travel. The Air Force has over 130 occupations ranging from aerospace, law enforcement, electronics, mechanics, medical...and more, all of which we provide the training and skills.

Lastly, most of this all boils down to what you think "successful" means. Success isn't always about money but rather that you are happy doing what you do and that your basic needs are being met.
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Carlos’s Answer

It depends on the career and the company you want to work for.

Some careers pretty much require degrees universally, others don't, and there's a lot of in-betweens.

Some companies require a degree for a job that other companies do not. Things can change over time as well. The company I work for started requiring degrees for jobs that previously didn't require them.

The extra education may also help you learn some more useful things and be a bit more well-rounded. I learned some unexpected things in college that I'm really glad I had a chance to learn.

In the end, if you can do it, I think it's worth the investment to do so.
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Claire’s Answer

Hi Christell , It really depends on what you want to achieve in your career, if you want a specific profession as mentioned in other responses eg Doctor, Vet, Lawyer, then you will need to take an academic route to your goal. I started out on my career journey with full intentions of going to college and then on to university however I came across an opportunity with an IT company that was designed specifically for school leavers and provided a learning experience that was perfect for the point I found myself in life. Graduates joined the team later fresh from college and they did not have the life experience of social / business relationships skills that I had built and so I would say that it really depends on what feels right for you. You are a long time working so make sure you pick something that you enjoy and are good at. I hope that helps!
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