Is your motivation to earn a degree based on your intrinsic desire to achieve; what your parents want; or perhaps simply to land a decent job or start a dream career? So, do you actually need a degree? It is true that some occupations don’t necessarily value the traditional education training (e.g. some creative industries). Of course, there are always inspiring examples of successful degree-less individuals or dropouts.
So, what should you do?
Earning a degree indicates to employers that you are capable of long-term professional commitments, that you most likely are able to communicate your ideas, perform research and follow instructions. You are probably capable of original thought and may even have some specific disciplinary knowledge. True, some degrees are occupational in nature (e.g. doctor, lawyer, accountant), but what you study doesn’t necessarily lock you into that occupation. The skills you develop are typically transferable to a variety of occupations, so you might even increase your chances of professional variety and stimulation. Many times, when employers are faced with hiring decisions, those without degrees don’t make the cut. Check out this recent exploration from the USA: