There are many different paths one can follow to succeed in this world
and they all don’t follow the conventional routes of school, college then
work. For instance, I left school, repeated my leaving cert and did not
get the points I needed, so I did a PLC course and then started working.
During the first 10 years of my working career I performed well, but found
that lack of qualifications and academic knowledge was holding me back
from taking the next step which I so deeply wanted to do. I then went
back to college and 17 years later completed a Master’s Degree. My
brother on the other hand did his leaving cert, got the points, went straight
to college only to drop out 6 months later deciding to do an apprenticeship,
again he also returned to college and 11 years after leaving school, he has an extremely successful career and has just finished his Higher Degree.
You see the most important ingredient in all of this is having the desire and
motivation to progress, the willingness to be the best you can be, to see your
weaknesses and improve. This moment of enlightenment happens at different
times for all of us, some are born ready and some later in life as we mature or
in my case directly as a result of a life experience. So although the traditional
route of school then college makes sense and is compulsory for some
professions, remember it’s not the end of the world if things don’t pan out that
way for you. Follow your gut instinct as it will very rarely put you wrong. Its
also important to point out that even though college may not be right for you
now, academic qualifications are vitally important to possess if even just for
security. You may wish to drop out of college today but at some point in the future when you are ready you will realise that you must return out of necessity or passion, as knowledge is power!