In regard to this topic, do you have the similar experience as I do? Here’s why I said so:
1. Uni teaches you too many things, some useless and some useful. Some people can start off in life without uni and learns lots of things to be good in and some people goto uni and learn nothing. It all depends on knowing what you want. Having the paper is just something extra.
My previous work experience has tell me that everything looks nice on paper until it’s taken action upon to produce an output.
2. The flow of knowledge doesn’t work this way:
Learn -> Tutorials and Practise > Test > Forget
(Typical college and uni assessments of your knowledge and results)
Instead, it’s always an iteration of all the stages, which is the basis of agile development anyway.
3. You can learn all you wanted to know, but you will only do what you want to do. That’s simply the truth of life. If you don’t think you can do it or even apply the knowledge that you learnt, then why learn it in the first place? Some people tell me it’s for job security, but I personally don’t think that will get you very far. Personal development is way more important then job security.
4. I read all about Google Adwords and Adcenter and thought I knew everything about it. But I was wrong from the first moment I got into production and testing. You get more insights when you’re actually doing, applying and testing.
The same applies for people who read too much and dream about making money online, there’s nothing you hold onto until you start doing. If you still want to continue to read, be my guest, but without taking any real actions at all, all you’re doing is simply making someone else richer.
Having a bit of knowledge of the niche/industry helps, but you seriously won’t need a bachelor, masters or Phd degrees in order to take action.
5. A friend switched job pursuing what he loves most – web development. The pay was one thing, but doing what he wanted to do was the main reason. You always want to learn what you want to do and do what you learnt. You can continue learning to do what your job requires you to do, but in the end of the day, you go home feeling better and sleep well at night if you’ve really done well in what you love to do in the day.