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Disclaimer: This blog is not proposing you pack up college to
form your own tech-start up.
If you're reading this, then dropping out of college could be on your
mind. If not, you probably just really want to be a millionaire. Fair
play, me too.
Dropping out of college is more common than most people think. Did
you know that 1 in 7 students in Australia drop out
in their first year? That's over 27,000 students
nationwide, not including the students who simply change course or institutions.
At TAFE NSW, we know
that dropping out of college doesn't mean you're giving up; you're
moving forward. This step forward could be taking a break from
education to figure out what you want to study, a travel year, or even
just a course change. Never ever feel guilty for parting ways
with something that makes you unhappy.
As it's that time of year where students have the window to change
course or drop out, some lighted-hearted reassurance is due to those
of you in an emotional panic. At TAFE, we're very much aware that
contrary to popular belief (and by popular I mean predominantly
parents'), you're not in-fact packing in your studies to become a
full-time couch potato.
Yes, we agree that a college degree can be an important gateway to
employment; that's a given.
But does a college degree define someone's level of intelligence and talent?
Of course not!
Now, let's have a read about millionaire and even BILLIONAIRE college
dropouts to make you feel a whole lot better about the situation.
Richest man in the world, Bill Gates, dropped out of Harvard to focus
on Microsoft full-time. Sure, he may have had the most intelligent
computer software the world had ever seen up his sleeve, but still, he
dropped out and still managed to be the world's biggest success. INSPO.
Good ‘ol Mr. Zuckerberg. No introduction needed here. We only spend
about a third of our day on his social platform liking, sharing and
meme-lolling our lives away. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to move
to Silicon Valley and start his Facebook empire. Worked out well for
him, I imagine he's on a good enough wage these days.
Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, clearly wasn't gaga
about Uni (oh, lol), having dropped out of New York University's Tisch
School of the Arts. Lady Gaga dropped out to focus on her music career
full-time. Sometimes talent just can't wait.
Jobs is another extremely clever tech giant among our college
dropouts. Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As he
couldn't afford tuition, his time at Reed was cut short. Jobs later
admitted that it was Reed's calligraphy course that inspired the
beautiful typography of the first Apple Macintosh computer.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that's a key selling point for
Reed's College today.
Beloved talk show host and voice of the legendary, Dory,
Ellen De Generes is a woman with many talents.
Ellen left the University of New Orleans after just one semester to
work full-time at a law firm as well as doing stand-up on the side.
Five years later she was touring nationally and named Showtime's
Funniest Person in America. This is one dropout who never gave up
on her dreams.
Oprah, aka, Toughest Woman in America, had a full
scholarship to Tennessee State to study Communications. With only one
credit left to graduate, Oprah found her calling and left to pursue
her career in media. Oprah took a Chicago morning talk show from
last place in ratings to first place in a matter
of months – quite impressive, indeed.
13 years later, TSU invited her back to speak, however she felt it
was important to graduate first. Oprah finished her coursework and got
that last credit. Fair play!
Spielberg – one of Hollywood's all-time-greats, unsurprisingly, comes
with an equally great dropout story.
A self-made millionaire with Oscars, Emmys and honorary doctorates
galore, Spielberg dropped out of college at 22 to accept a contract
33 years and billions of dollars later, Spielberg felt that in all
his achievements, the one thing that eluded him was a humble
Bachelor's Degree. At 55, Spielberg proudly sat in a rented cap and
gown at Cal State University at Long Beach among 500 other graduates,
patiently waiting to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Film and
When his name was called, the college band struck up with theme tune
Indiana Jones, the movie trilogy he directed,
and the audience applauded. Spielberg was overjoyed, saying, "The
undergraduates really embraced me… and made me feel like I had been
there for 33 years. I felt like John Belushi at the end of Animal House."
So there you have it, college dropouts. Solid evidence that you can
drop out of your course and still become one of the most successful
individuals on the PLANET!
Wishing you the very best of luck in choosing a career path you love.
You got this!
If you're determined to be qualified for your dream job sooner rather
than later, check out TAFE
NSW's 47 course areas and 1,200 courses from
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