Do you need college to be successful? What do you guys think?

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Depends on what you mean by successful and what you want to do. If you want to be a successful surgeon, yes you need college. If you want to be a successful writer, maybe not.


It largely depends on the individual and what they trying to achieve, but speaking of general population, yes, college is the starting point of most careers


Unfortunately if you want a traditional “white collar” career, you do need college because it’s a gating item. If you want to work in the trades, you can be very successful without a college degree. It drives me crazy that the trades have been pushed to the side as “successful” careers. It would also help ease all the issues with people wracking up college debt if they understood college isn’t for everyone and you can live a good life without it.


If I’m looking for a candidate for hire. I will take the person who has experience over a degree anyday! How many college students are actually doing internships with their future career


But can a candidate get to that point without a college degree?

Like it or not, a degree is a sign of validation. You can trust that the college, assuming it's a good one, did their due diligence before accepting that person, and then over 4 years.

Fewer unknowns because of that. It makes it easier for a resume to be noticed. Which makes it easier to get experience. Which then both add up to it being more likely that a resume goes through the automated systems, through a manual review, through a phone screen, and onto your desk

You don't NEED college, but it helps a ton. Like, if you have a college degree, your odds of being successful are 10x higher than the odds faced by someone without a college degree. Sure, you could go to trade school or the military or even be the next Bill Gates, but these paths are narrower.


You don’t need traditional college for most trade or service occupations. Certainly there are successful plumbers, construction workers, etc who learned mostly on the job


Success seems to be considered “financially independent” which a few years ago was around making 75k a year, I’m sure it’s gone up with inflation but many ways to get to that number without college, but I’d say trade school also a very good option

In many fields a college degree is an entrance criteria (whether it should be or not). But there are many, many ways people can be successful without a college degree.

Yes and no

Yes. Even the kids with cpas struggle with the concept of an accrual. Can't imagine one who didn't have formal training

Then no you don't need to go to college. Might win the lotto.

I was lucky in my career where I didn’t need it but I certainly put in a bunch of long hours.

Yes unless you’re some kind of highly skilled hustler who’ll make money in any environment, no matter what hand you’re dealt. In which case imagine what wonders a college degree would do for you.

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