I wish I had the opportunity to tell them that they also need micro skills that they shouldn’t only depend on the degree they are passionately chasing after.
Am talking about the young teenagers whom I saw today along the way, I observed them from the window of the bus I was in. Am sure they are coming back from extra moral or extra educational lesson or whatever. But certainly they are coming back from a place they went to receive lessons.
I could tell because they were in groups, and they were all carrying books.
It reminded me of myself few years ago. When I was carrying books and also attending preparatory lesson.
For some reasons then business (buying and selling) didn’t work out for me, so I really didn’t know what to do. I haven’t written senior school exams so I don’t have a result to seek for admission into higher institutions. All I could think of was to take preparatory lessons, get ready, sit for the exams, pass and seek admission into any school in my province. Since business failed for me, school might be an option.
Hopeful it went as thought of. This is one of those days in my life when my thoughts become reality. I sat for the exams passed, got an admission into school, but actually it was a polytechnic. It didn’t really matter to me what kind of school it was. I was just happy I got in. By the way many for years have tried to get admitted but have failed in different occasions. So for me it was a hallmark of achievement.
But after two years am out, I don’t know if or when am going back, I don’t really know if I will be needing the degree or if the knowledge they are teaching will be relevant in this computer age. Or maybe degree is not for people like me. Maybe am a bad egg. Or maybe am one of those who don’t like schools, who tries to criticize school systems.
But the truth is no company in 21 century care about your degree. What they really care about is what you can do.
The market is crowded, many Companies or individuals are producing one goods or service for the same market and everybody wants to make sales. Nobody wants to experiment. Nobody wants to hear all those theories they teach in school. Every company wants practical and measurable actions.
That is why they will always want to know if you had working experience, how many years you have worked, position you have handled and all that, they want to know what skills you have built up. But that is another big problem, where do they expect you to get 5 years working experience when you are just leaving school. They must be a funny set of people.
Not actually their fault, they don’t just want to experiment with that bunch of theories we learnt from school. They want practical resultable actions.
Here is a truthful opinion; you need more or less than a degree to live a life. You need skills. You need micro skills to live a successful live. Skills are the only option to succeed in labor market or in the startup market and in other kind of market.
So here is the ball, It’s either you have Skills or you have a degree and skills.
Don’t have just a degree.