Does an academic qualification ensure success?

2016-11-09 06:01

THE definition of success differs from person to person, so who is a successful person and who is a failure.

Do school and university grades and examination results provide a way of predicting future success? If that is true, then we should encourage as many young people as possible to attend university and work hard to gain formal qualification.

But is it true? Aren’t some university drops-outs also popular icons of success, and should we automatically consider the millions of young people, who have not had the opportunity to gain academic certificates, to be failures?

Whether one is proposing marriage, applying for a job or looking for a new business partner, the first thing people ask is, “What do you do?” In other words they judge you by your academic qualifications.

Unfortunately, the materialistic world has changed the concept of success. It has become a rat race where every student chases grades and so the entire meaning of success has changed.

We spend 10 years in school and a few more of our precious life at university to get educated, and then more time passes in hunting for jobs.

Even after that we may find ourselves in the wrong profession and lacking job satisfaction. Then along comes a recession and we are told we have lost our job because of the foolishness of our expensive fat-salaried bosses.

Can an academic qualification stop us from becoming a nation of drunkards, rapists and war mongers, marked by broken families, domestic violence and crime?

If you look at countries where the largest number of people have higher academic qualifications, they are the ones most affected by social breakdown.

In fact, true success is shown in having the moral courage to speak out against hypocrites, showing generosity towards the poor, and respecting our parents. These are characteristics that are found in people from all social and educational backgrounds, but which are often absent in many educated people in spite of the universities they have been to and the grades they have achieved.

So where does this bring us? Who is going to lead this confused nation? How will we ever know if we are successful?

Very simple, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. We need to ask ourselves, who brought us into this world and what is our purpose here on Earth. The answers to those questions are simple, our Creator has brought us into this world to seek knowledge, procreate, spread the message of goodwill, enjoy the bounties of the world that He has made permissible to us and return to him.

The Almighty creator, in his own wisdom, will then assess us based on the way we conducted our affairs in this world.

A.S.E Ameen

Mountain Rise

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