Why merely studying doesn’t work

Has any of you ever felt like studying had no meaning? Or ever wondered why dropouts like Walt Disney and Bill Gates are able to become such influential and prominent figures in the entire world? What exactly is education then?

Here’s a breakdown of 3 possible reasons/factors why people study:

1) It’s compulsory (especially if you are living in Developed Countries (DCs) where education is enforced)

2) For broad reasons because good education = good careers = good life

3) Interest in studying

To further understand these points, we should delve in deeper into the three factors that draws people into studying.

1st factor: It’s compulsory

Let’s face it. Education is necessary. We are in the 21st century where technology and knowledge dominates. Without the knowledge, technology may be difficult to be developed. Likewise, without technology, new-found knowledge may take a longer period of time to be discovered. As much as we do not like to study, it is needed to keep the world ‘growing’. With education, we are equipped with skills and knowledge; and these can be translated effectively into use.

2nd factor: For broad reasons

It may seem biased or stereotypical to categorize education as a ‘tool’ to secure a good future ahead, but it is no doubt that grades are indeed a crucial factor in determining education standards; at least, that’s mostly how companies decide who to employ, based on the level of education a person receives. It is naturally acceptable to favour a person who has obtained a ph.D in his/her major over a person who has only completed high school. That is because it is ‘understood’ and taken for granted that the former would have better knowledge and skill in his/her domain of work scope. As the old saying goes: there is no free lunch in this world. High-paying jobs do come with huge responsibilities. Precisely because certain jobs require a higher level of knowledge and skill to perform the required tasks, people are being paid more for their expertise. It is a fair system. You are being paid for your skill, your knowledge, your service, every single thing that you put in to complete the job. This is how employers weigh their options. They take in people who are capable and reliable. However, is true that people who received high levels of education are more capable than those who did not? To a certain extent, yes; but there are always exceptions.

3. Interest in studying

In all due honesty, I have never ever, ever, ever —                                                                 All right, studying can be fun. But the ratio of students who enjoy studying to students who do not are probably 1:8 (May be inaccurate as estimations are based on my experiences and observations). The main point is: Why do some people enjoy studying?

This brings to my focus of today’s topic: Why merely studying doesn’t work? 

To begin, my first question to you, my dear reader, is this: Is there a true co-relation between studying well and life?

Many people may begin debating whether or not education is essential. My answer is, yes, it is essential. But, it should not be made the dominant factor in determining a person’s qualification. What do I mean by that? Simply put, it should not rule your life.

Let us do a simple case study and take a look at Singapore. Singapore invests massively in education and healthcare. It’s education system has produced many students who graduated with exemplary results and is ranked as one of the best countries who has the most efficient education system. It’s medicine course in National University of Singapore is ranked as one of the best schools in the world. In fact, many people came to Singapore to study or receive treatment; because the education and healthcare system is really good. In a nutshell, Singapore provides a ‘world-leading’ education system.

However, what many people do not realize is that there is a huge loophole in the education system. It depends heavily on qualifications. You can easily find a pool of university graduates in Singapore. This is how much Singapore values education. In today’s Singapore, even with a university certificate, it can be difficult to find well-paying jobs; because there are many others with either the same level of qualification, or even higher level of qualification. Resumes flood into companies every half a year when fresh-faced students graduate from university. They are everywhere.

Not only Singapore, but many other DCs are facing the same problem. One way to tackle against the problem is probably to create more job opportunities, which has already been enforced.

However, with the horde of highly qualified future pillars of the economy rapidly increasing, there must be some other way to determine the true capability of a person.

Studying is just a platform to gain more knowledge and skills in a particular major. Without real-life experiences to put them into use, studying doesn’t work at all. In schools, students are ‘caged’ and very well-protected from the ugly face of the working society. As students integrate into the working society, they may easily find themselves drowning in despair as they were not used to the ‘environment’ yet. In schools, students were not taught on how to interact efficiently and effectively with different kinds of people, the schooling environment are less harsh and demanding than in the working environment, and most importantly, studying has an end point. Studying will finish one day. You complete the course, that’s it. That is how simple studying is. But working doesn’t. Work carries on. Every day people go to work. It is a very rigid and routine layout.

As empowered learners and intelligent beings, more and more people are coming to a consensus that ‘well-rounded learners’ may actually gain more in life than people who just ‘study’. A certificate is deemed useless if one does not possess skills that can add value to lives. Integrity, responsibility, humility, perseverance, morality, and a touch of kindness are the key factors that may very well determine your life. While it is true that it is sufficient to earn a stable career with a stable income, it is definitely not enough to make one’s life fruitful. Inner virtues are the ones that are hardest to master and are definitely impossible to study. They can only be learnt through experiences and cultivation. It is very much like a trial and error kind of thing where you make mistakes and learn from it. Powerful people like Walt Disney and Bill Gates grasped these, and therefore are able to rise up to become the world’s most inspiring figures. Of course, an eye for opportunities are vital as well, because time waits for no man. 

What are your views on this article? Feel free to comment and share.


DISCLAIMER: Statistics may vary from actual source as they were estimated subjectively. Information in this article are opinionated and based on experiences and observations. In no way is this article particularly intended to promote or oppose to any form of ideology/culture/beliefs. Just so you know, this article is nothing but a daily dose of Kate’s clishmaclaver.



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