WHAT I THINK: Does education ensure a successful future?
I don’t think that academic qualifications are said to be the sole determiner of success in the future.
In my view, academic qualifications are vital to one’s future success but they are not the only factor. This is because willpower and skills also determine the outcome of your actions.
Skills can be categorised in many ways: social, language and computer skills.
It is not guaranteed that the person with perfect grades will get a job because some employers may employ workers based on their skills. This is because academic performance only judges one’s performance in school, college or university and is not based on what these students are yet to do in a working environment.
I firmly believe that excellence in academics alone does not ensure success. Skills, ability and willingness to work hard are the main factors for achieving success.
Academic qualifications are just a way to recognise a person’s strengths. Thus, it should not be made the sole determiner of success in the future. As the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” There is always a chance for everyone to be successful in the future so long as he or she is willing to accept the challenge.
Shaun Paul Lee,
To me, passion and interest drives one towards achieving success. For example, take the famous Steve Jobs, who graduated from high school in 1972 and enrolled in Reed College in Portland.
He dropped out of college after six months and spent the next 18 months dropping in on the creative classes. Look how far he had come. With only a high school diploma and two years of college experience, he became a well-known American businessman, the chairman and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. and one of the members of the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company in 2006.
In fact, many of the world’s most successful people drop out from school to pursue something they are good at doing. Einstein sat for an important exam and did not achieve the required standard in several subjects but managed to obtain exceptional grades in Physics and Mathematics. Einstein became a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general activity, which started the study of modern physics.
Do you see the link between the two? I believe that if you do not have an interest in what you do, you won’t be able to excel in it. I believe that education is not the only factor that ensures a successful future. You must have knowledge with passion.
Eisyah Faridah Ahmad Nazari,