Although I do have a degree in finance and an MBA, I don’t believe my degrees will determine any success I have in life. I believe continuous self-education, hustle, and a little risk determine success more than anything else.
If you aren’t happy in your career, here are three reasons your college degree may be holding you back.
1) You Feel Stuck
You decided on a career at age 18 based on very little life experiences. Or maybe your family and friends told you what you should do. Now you hate what you’re doing, but feel you must continue down this career path for the next 30 years because that is what you are “supposed to do”.
Just because you received a degree in certain subject area, doesn’t mean you have to continue in that career. Actually if you hate what you are doing, then you are holding yourself back.
I received a degree in finance, but am now in sales. Additionally, I sold an app company, started selling things on Amazon, learned to create web sites, and wrote a book. I’m sure I’ll do other things too – the point is keep on trying new things.
Continue to learn and try new careers. You are far more likely to be successful at something you enjoy and you are good at; rather than trying to “stick” out something you hate until retirement.
2) You Feel Entitled
Many people feel entitled because they have a certain degree (like an MBA or PhD). Unfortunately, degrees don’t set you apart anymore because more and more people have them. Actually according to this infographic (http://www.econmatters.com/2013/01/from-phd-to-food-stamps-infographic.html), more than 5,000 janitors have their PhD.
Instead of feeling entitled because of your degree, you should learn new skills, educate yourself, and work hard. Your degree entitles you to nothing!
3) You Feel Like You Don’t Need to Learn Anymore
It is estimated 80% of college graduates never read a meaningful book after graduating. That’s a sad statistic because there is so much to learn and most things we learn in college become obsolete really quick (like the computer programming I learned 15 years ago or the marketing class I took before social media existed).
Imagine if you just read 20 minutes a day to learn new skills. Maybe you can learn about marketing, personal finance, or sales…imagine how much that will set you apart from everyone else!
Is your college degree holding you back?