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Go to school, get an education, get good grades, and look for a job that will give you a stable income, pay off your debts, and save money.' This is the advice that most of us are given by parents and guardians. This was good advice a few decades ago but the world has evolved. Nowadays, not all careers require the traditional aspect of schooling, and not everyone who performs well at school succeeds.
Here are a few reasons why school doesn't determine your future success.
1. Multi-focus teaching style
Schools offer an array of subjects, with many that are mandatory. If you look back, many of those subjects are not relevant in real life. This is because schools don't train you for specific careers. Take, for example, the career as a buyer's agent. Building a career as a buyer's agent is not something that is taught at school. Yet it's a way to financial freedom and wealth. Such careers require specialised training. Online tools and resources can equip those who want to pursue such careers. You save time through specialised learning and start building a career for yourself right away.
The uniform structure in schools gives a false sense of the outside world. The world outside school classrooms is diverse and challenging. One must think out-of-the-box and continuously adapt to the dynamic environment. You may pass your mathematics examinations by applying the rules that you're taught. However, career opportunities and situations can be packaged in ways that need creative thinking and adaptability. All these practical aspects are not taught in classrooms at school.
3. Limited employment opportunities
It requires hard work and dedication to reach educational milestones and get degrees and diplomas. However, the job market is not so friendly and such qualifications don't always matter. Building a career may be a long and uncertain journey. It can take hundreds of applications just to land an internship. Technical training for a specific career path, however, increases your chances of being well-equipped for future opportunities.
Once you realise that your school qualifications are not enough for your desired career path, you begin to shift gears. This is why you find people settling for jobs that they had never thought they would work in. They take up jobs just to put food on the table. The dreams of becoming successful get distant and tangled in the web of survival.
4. Outdated relevance
Unfortunately, your school papers don't evolve with the world. What you may have learned in school ten years ago, may not be relevant in the current state of affairs. Skills, requirements, and demands are constantly changing and evolving. You have to be in a position where you can move with the expectations through constant learning and training. Traditional school qualifications don't necessarily give you the platform to do so. Tailor-packaged career building platforms make sure to keep you updated and relevant as the world continues to move forward. The skills learned on such platforms are relevant in the real world and can help you embark on your quest for success.
5. Examination driven
You may have been good at studying for examinations and passing with flying colors. Some students boast of their memorising and cramming abilities. Successful careers are, however, built through resilience, hard work, and dedication. Of course, straight 'As' can be a reflection of these traits but sometimes grades don't matter. When you get into the thick of things in the brutal game of career building, those with resilience and the ability to train are the ones who succeed in the long run.
6. Text-book focus
Certain careers are relationship-oriented. The success in those careers solely depends on your ability to form and grow relationships. A career as a buyer's agent is a case in point. Relationship-building skills are not taught in a school textbook. This is the reason why many renowned successful people dropped out of school. Some of these leaders have brands built on their personalities, charisma, charm, and wit. You'll not find schooling as a part of their resume. Therefore, you can surely succeed without depending too much on what you're taught at school.
In conclusion you can see that school doesn't necessarily determine future success. School offers opportunities for some but not all benefit from what's taught and learned there. School is not a guarantee for career success. Uniformity, outdated skills, and grade-based assessments don't help in career growth. However, training for a specific career path with channels for skill enhancement may help you succeed in the long run.
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