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Dreams vs Education

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Recently I have found myself pondering over the issue of conventional education and degrees. Having completed my Masters degree in the much-admired engineering field, I find myself sitting at the bottom of the food chain, job hunting and wondering what the future holds. In the midst of all my misery, I read about a female billionaire who ditched the idea of conventional education, worked on an idea that revolutionized the way blood tests are conducted and simply made her way to the top….without a degree. Her story made me think of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and the many other successful people in the world who did it their way- no degrees, just their dreams. It made me wonder.. what is more important? Pursuing a degree like billions of other people, or setting yourself apart and following your dreams

With the scarcity in white collar jobs, and the increasing rate of un-befitting employment, I have to ask if it will be worth it to use the money spent on a fancy university degree to build our dreams instead. Will people be happier following their dreams? I constantly meet so many unhappy people, working in what the world believes is the right career. Perhaps following our dreams may be more important, more liberating, more fulfilling.

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Demilade Fayemiwo is a scientist-turned-engineer, life coach (in training), writer, and as her friends call her, “blogger extraordinaire”.

She is a contributor on Musings of An Analytical Mind.



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