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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.