Self Taught Education or Institution Based- Which Holds More Clout?


I was thinking about this subject today as I filled out a form with my credentials for a new writing contract. One of the questions asked was my education and why I thought I was qualified to write in the fields I had picked to write in.

I went to college for 2 years. In that time I learned the basics of small business management, and software support. Once I graduated, I helped set up a couple businesses with some partners but that was as far as I got in that regards.

Over the next couple of years, I started to teach myself other online programs for e-commerce, email marketing, blogging, article marketing, and more. I learned a lot and applied everything I learned with great success. I then reached out and taught others how to do it.

I do not have any certificates or degrees in these subjects but I believe I have excelled at them in more ways than anything I ever took in the colleges that I attended and did receive a piece of paper for.

Over the years I have tried to write down what I have learned in all areas of my life from parenting aspects to cooking to business. Because of this, I feel that I am more than qualified to share my knowledge and expertise. Many of us have not been able to go on to a higher education due to situations at home, but that does not mean that we are not qualified or educated enough to do something that we have an interest in and knowledge of.

I know many people who have gone to school for years to become engineers or even nurses, only to find out that due to the economy or health issues, they no longer can work in those fields. They then must learn a new trade to find work in. Why should they have to pay again for schooling when they can learn what they need online with a little time and dedication?

I think some people place too high a priority on the idea of obtaining a certificate or degree in something and forget to look at the fact that experience and the ability to prove what you have learned can mean much more with the every day completion of the work.

I work with moms who want to be able to stay at home and work while watching their children. One of the reasons why I choose to work with one person over another is how their passion is and how well they pick something up. I have found that those who want to succeed, normally will just because they have the desire, drive and motivation. Once they have that, they find ways to learn what they need to know and apply it. If they have problems, they ask for help. They pick things up quick, and move on to accomplish something else.

This is something I feel is lacking when you go to an interview or when even being considered for an interview. There is so much competition that most employers will not even look at you unless you have gone to a top school and have a degree in what they are involved in.

This says nothing about the character of the person you are going to employ. Now I know that is what the interview session is all about but there are problems with that as well. I am one of those people who do not do interviews well. I do not feel “right” selling myself. But if I were to be given a chance to show what I can do, I would blow you away.

What do you think? Do you think that more emphasis should be placed on those that hold a degree from a school, or those that have a record of personal experience and a drive to succeed?

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