When it comes to academic qualifications, we sometimes seem to regard them as the criteria by which we judge whether a person is smart or talented. But is this really the case? To answer this question, we should first answer what is the academic qualification. In a nutshell, it is where you finished your final education. Where you went, the popularity of your school, and the name of your title graduation all determine whether your academic qualification is perceived by others as a good way to label you as smart or competent. So why is an academic qualification regarded by many people as a measure of one’s intelligence? Because through college, graduate school, or even a PhD, we assume that you have a certain capacity to store and use the knowledge. And many companies today don’t have a best way to test your knowledge base and your ability to use it when hiring people. They estimate your ability based on your education most of the time. So it’s more like someone else wants us to have a degree to help. Like Microsoft, this is their recruitment requirements: Qualifications. Candidates must be in their first or second year of college and enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with a demonstrated interest in majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related technical major.
So is an academic qualification that important? I think the answer is positive. In this fast-paced world has given us everything a tag. Tags allow others to quickly learn about something or make an impression. But at the same time, my answer is negative, because the academic qualification is just a tag. It is not a goal in your learning process, or I can say it is just a place you may reach during the learning process. Getting an academic qualification is not the end of your education. I think whether a person is smart depends on whether he has the ability to keep learning. There are a lot of successful people who don’t have very high official degrees like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They all drop out and choose to do what they love. They dropped out, but they didn’t quit learning. As a result, they were both quite successful.
Thirty-four percent of U.S.-born Americans have a four-year college degree. That rate is similar to that 33 percent of those born in other countries. Honestly, this is not a high number but I think it’s not that bad. One out of every three people has gone to college. So one out of every three people has a college degree. But I believe that the truly outstanding among these people will be a very small minority. And there is also a small percentage of people who didn’t go to college and are outstanding as well. So the academic qualification is not the absolute measure of whether you can become better than others. In a word, if you continue to study, you will certainly get a good diploma. This diploma is useful because many times we can use it as a condition for doing something. But I don’t want you to study for only that diploma.