going to college.. to be skilled in just 1 thing?!

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going to college.. to be skilled in just 1 thing?!

Postby scott85 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:47 pm

I've thought about this so much it's not even funny. think I've found the answer

many years ago, I hated the idea of going to college. I never liked the idea of going just to say you are skilled in 1 thing, and supposedly get a job in that field and keep it your whole life. to me that sounded pretty lame. sure you may have more than 1 job, but come on isn't that what it sounds like the point is?!

now it all makes so much sense to me. I'm ISTJ and I DON'T want to do just 1 thing. I wanted to be skilled in a multitude of things. The problem is, it's not realistic to go to college to get a degree in 10+ things now is it?

I did go for 2 years and "dropped out" by choice. it just wasn't for me and I'm sure a lot of people might think I'm weird for doing it. instead I self-trained myself in many things and now I have my own house and 3 cars

anyway I guess my point is college should do more testing on people before they sign up. maybe even offer a "general knowledge" degree or something for people that are multi-talented
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Re: going to college.. to be skilled in just 1 thing?!

Postby Sunny49 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:11 pm

I guess this depends on what you want in life. I know a lot of people go to college to get a degree so they can work in that particular field their whole life, a lot of people go to college for status, money, security or idk what.....For me personally, I think you should study something that interests you, that you enjoy researching for your own fulfillment but that doesn´t necesarilly mean you should work in that field, or work in that field your whole life....I´d like to switch jobs throughout my life and try out different things....I think that makes life more interesting :)

Unfortunately, I didn´t get to study what interests me cause my parents thought security was more important....I kind of regret it now... cause, I mean, what works for one person doesn´t necesarilly work for another....

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Postby Kurtis » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:05 am

For me personally, I loved going to college - for the sole reason it improved my knowledge and I learned new things. When I did my music production course, I wasn't particularly interested in the job prospects at the end of it or whether it was considered 'suitable' by other people. For me I was on it simply because I wanted to be there, I wanted to improve and buck up my knowledge, and I achieved that. The qualification and experience gained from that, in my opinion, are bonuses.

I wouldn't want to be thrown into any course or college, I liked the music college because it was quite small (it was akin to a two floor set of bedsits with each room being accessible), it wasn't over-run. The classes were calm (surprisingly) for the most part, I generally enjoyed being there.

When I did the ICT course, I didn't do it to become skilled in one thing (computers), I did it to become skilled in a variety of 'mini-topics,' namely networking, desktop support, maintenance, (very) basic web development, that kind of thing. I can get bored if I'm studying just one thing. If I do just one thing, I like to naturally get involved with things that connect it. For example, with web development, if I was studying HTML and PHP, I would end up getting involved with digital art and design in my own private time, because to build a website relies quite heavily on graphics. This said, I would have to want to learn the one original topic first mind, otherwise I lose track and find something else.

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Postby Dutchman » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:42 pm

A BA/MA degree isn't an exclusive indicator of your expertise in a specific area; attending university isn't the only way to become an expert in a specific area.

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Postby IWHMA » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:01 am

At first when I read about the 'general knowledge' thing, I thought that was a great idea, and then I remembered that that was my whole reason for hating high school. You had to learn a bunch of things, and most of them are useless unless you end up on Jeopardy.

When I say "useless," I don't mean that any knowledge is truly "useless," but just that, they act as if our lives depend on learning those things (in high school).

I thought college would be better, at least for me, going to learn the thing I wanted to learn. I've kind of been considering quitting college, though. It turns out, I can really read, and I am required to take several English classes that involve a lot of independent reading. I am very literate, but I have either an attention disorder or dyslexia or something, to where I cannot stare at texts/read blocks of text. In high school, I was more or less able to fake reading assignments (write essays as if I had really read the assignment/pass tests based on assignments I didn't actually read) because I was intelligent enough to do so. Now, though, I actually do need to read if I am to pass, and I just can't read the block texts.

I have been questioning college a lot. Sometimes I get intimidated when people like my parents tell me I cannot have any sort of a life if I do not finish my degree. They act like I could not get a job at all, or I will get only a job that pays very little. Still, I believe I could be spending the next 3 years doing something better and less stressful with my life.

I love the field I picked, by the way. I am going to school to be an architect. I think I could easily spend my life doing that, at least if I could do primarily CAD work and avoid terrible things like blueprint interpreting. :P

I am not sure how much of this pertained to the thread... :P

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Postby Satchmo » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:42 am

In reply to the main topic, you reminded me of a professor I have. I'm actually envious of this guy's enthusiasm to learn and just understand the world, and he really has. He has a bachelors in electrical, mechanical, and mining engineering as well as a PhD in mining, and he always wants to learn. He has done everything from prospecting in the Yukon to being a mechanic on a freighter to designing mineral processing plants. We actually had a field trip of sorts where we basically saw the production of iron from the mine to processing to shipping. And even though he has been in the industry for years and has actually done everything we saw, he still had a ton of questions at each place. He is also a master woodworker and built his own log home from the ground up, building his own energy efficient heating system.

My point is that (theoretically) you go to college to specialize in a subject of your choosing and one that you love, but it isn't the end all and be all of your education. If you want to learn other things or do other things, do it. As long as you love what you're doing it isn't a problem.

IWHMA wrote:I have been questioning college a lot. Sometimes I get intimidated when people like my parents tell me I cannot have any sort of a life if I do not finish my degree. They act like I could not get a job at all, or I will get only a job that pays very little. Still, I believe I could be spending the next 3 years doing something better and less stressful with my life.

I love the field I picked, by the way. I am going to school to be an architect. I think I could easily spend my life doing that, at least if I could do primarily CAD work and avoid terrible things like blueprint interpreting. :P

I am not sure how much of this pertained to the thread... :P


I was in a very similar situation, so I just thought that my experience here may help. I loved using CAD in high school and I loved the idea of designing new products, and thus I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. When I got to college though I went through the same thing as you seem to be describing, just mindless classes that were shoved down my throat and nothing really dealing with what I enjoyed. I was on the verge of dropping out myself.

Then I had an internship working in a coal mine. While it was supposed to be more engineering based, I was basically a manual laborer. But in there some of the machines and designs fascinated me. Just tinkering with the equipment and seeing the massive amounts of power and the ways it could be improved just blew me away. I always thought about why this was done the way it was, how could this be made safer or more efficient, and so on. In the mines I decided to trudge through the "useless" classes to get my degree so I could work on such things. Once I got back up to school as a sophomore/junior I started to get to take the more specialized courses that I was actually interested in, and I loved them.

I'm not saying the same will happen for you, but if you really like what you would be doing then it may just be wort it to suffer through the classes now. I know that I didn't mind working in the mine, but I would be much happier designing the equipment than just using it.

And I really need to stop writing these damn essays.

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Postby Annie » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:46 pm

Satchmo wrote:And I really need to stop writing these damn essays.


No! It's great to read your opinions and experience. I'll come back another time to write what I've been thinking.
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Postby Pathfinder » Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:23 am

scott85 wrote: I wanted to be skilled in a multitude of things. The problem is, it's not realistic to go to college to get a degree in 10+ things now is it?


I think it was Einstein that once said something like Do what you like best as your hobby and do what you like second best as your job.

You can make more money by being a specialist in a given area and you can do exactly as you see fit with your hobbies or interests. I'm livin' and lovin' it myself.

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Postby fufufu » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:39 am

To be very good at one thing is already a good thing. Then you can do what you really like with hobby. I agree with Pathfinder.
The point of studying is to be skilled at one thing, but the best is to be skilled at two or three things so that you can combine the two or the three.
To be skilled at something is the base for having a job.

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Re: going to college.. to be skilled in just 1 thing?!

Postby nicoclone » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:41 am

well, go to college or self training do have their own advantages and disadvantages

go to college
1. if you graduate (not dropping out), you will get a degree ofc, and it will help you a lot if you just want to work for employee
2. university student get some schedule and material arranged for them to suit their level
3. university student can socialise with a lot of people so you may be able to meet people that may help you finding a job or may help in your career development, but if you are a hardcore introvert then this point doesn't helping you
4. you may be only skill in one thing but there are many extracuricular or other non related subject you can take when you go to college
5. There are professional lecturer that is expert in their field but this point will help you if you are not a shy type like me xD

self training
1. you may waste less money.. even more if you just learn from internet or join free course
2. you can learn more thing than when you go to college to study
3. you don't need to waste your time and memory in your brain since you won't learn stuff unrelated to your degree like religion, civics subject, and so on
4. you can organise what stuff you want to study first
5. you will harder or maybe impossible to find a good job unless you build your own business kingdom or just be a professional
6. You don't need to bring a lot of book if you are self-training one
7. You can freely decide if you want to rest or study
8. You don't need to wake up early if you are considering yourself a lazy type ROFTL


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