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I agree with the answers already provided but would like to add one other value of education that I don't see mentioned yet. The ability to learn is important, but the ability to think for yourself and reason based on what you know is just as important or even more so. Education gives you the tools. You are building your toolbox by taking particular courses. How you stock your toolbox is up to you and where you need to make your plans. Finding the correct job that fits your personality, goals and desires will depend a lot on whether you have the proper tools to accomplish that job. Use your high school time to explore and get as many tools as possible. Challenge yourself to think about how these relate to each other and how they apply to you. Seek guidance from your councilors since they have access to tools that will aid you in discovering what you are good at and help point you in the right directions. No one from the outside knows you as well as you do, but by being honest with teachers and councilors, they can assist. Don't limit yourself to the "3 R's" (reading, riting and rithmatic) as once professed as the function of schools. Seek out things that are exciting to you. School newspaper/Band/Choir/sports. These teach teamwork which is a critical success factor in business. They also teach attention to detail and persistence. Don't evaluate the subjects for their face value, but look deeper at what skills they are really teaching and determine if you enjoy those skills. Working with numbers in math: do you enjoy the repetition and how they relate to each other? Do you enjoy taking real life situations (word problems) and putting them into mathematical terms? These are characteristics needed for Finance, Accounting, Engineering and multiple IT and project management roles in business. Do you like Science? If so, what kind (physical, chemical, social, biological, medical, etc.)? They all require an interest in problem solving, investigation, inquiry, willingness to try new things and a willingness to help others. So often, High School students take the things they are learning at face value and they cannot see the applications in the real world. Don't limit yourself to seeing just those items, but think about the deeper values these courses teach and seek out those that appeal to you. Even social studies and history were considered useless when I was going thru High School, but curiosity, research and analysis of events were key take-aways from those courses. Business needs folks with all types of skills. Focus on the ones that you are good at and enjoy. Often, the job you get will not actually require the skills you think are most important but because you have the deeper abilities of being able to think, reason, analyze, persevere and complete tasks, you will get the job. Hope this helps. Good luck in your learning.
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