Can you succeed in life without going to university?

uniWe are all encouraged to pursue education and get a degree if we can. We know that right now the job’s market is quite volatile, which means there’s more competition for jobs that ever before.

These days’ it’s almost considered unusual for anyone to leave school and not further their education. This is because we’re all told how valid a good education is, even if it doesn’t guarantee you a job at the end of it.

But can you succeed in life without going to university? Or will you end up jobless for years, just wishing you’d applied for a course you had a bit of interest in?

Proving yourself

The fact of the matter is that you can be successful without going to university, but you may have to work harder to prove yourself to prospective employers. I don’t have a degree, yet I have run my own business for almost 3 years. Aside from being told by my parents I wasn’t smart enough to get a degree, I didn’t want to study once I’d left college, I just wanted to work.

3 years ago I quit my full time job as a shop manager and I took the plunge and set up my own business. My brother who has a degree and is a lot cleverer than me, apparently, drives a bus. In terms of careers, mine is more successful as my business has a good reputation and is still growing. My brother’s career provides him with a stable income, but he’s not as far up the career ladder as he would like.

Success means different things to different people

So, from my point of view, I am convinced you can succeed in life without going to university. When we talk about succeeding in life, we all have different priorities and being successful means different things.

What may be deemed successful for one person, may not be deemed successful for another. If you don’t have a degree, but you’re able to earn enough money to put food on your families’ plate, and you enjoy your job, that is success.