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Hello mates, 
It’s aptly said that a degree might help ‘open the door,’ but your talent & ability to learn will decide on your survival! There are always two sides of a coin and apparently the side you see becomes your perspective. Attaining a college degree will empower you with technical competence but what beyond it? Does it make you job fit? I personally believe we all are blessed with a certain kind of talent which makes our persona unique. A person maybe a powerhouse of talent but denied a dream job because he never attended college. Sounds fair? We still exist in this world where this mind-set prevails that an individual cannot excel in a desired domain, without actually having a college education. Unfortunately, it’s true! May I remind you that world’s great achievers like Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Jobs don’t hold a college degree. Yet, who doesn’t know Sachin’s centuries and Steve’s iPhone. Did their skills require a formal certification? 
We all are enduring in an ecosystem where we are constantly hark backed that we need to have a college degree, or we cannot achieve the zenith of ‘success’. This implies one shall have to live a mediocre life and take up unskilled jobs. Why is the scope of the word ‘Education’ limited to a campus and a degree? Have your ever set out to explore the world and find out how there are infinite opportunities to do even without going to college? We need to barge out of our bubble zone and see how there are several great-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. 
After all, who doesn’t want to make his avocation his vocation? Let’s discuss some real life examples of high paying jobs which do not need a college degree!  What about a photographer? If you are exceptionally good at capturing memories and know how to do the talking through pictures, you can be a professional photographer!! Of course, you need to be acquainted with the technical aspects of a camera but maybe you don’t need a degree for the same. How about making people look attractive? You have that knack to accentuate features of people and transform them? So you can be a top makeup artist! Maybe a short-term finishing course will do justice to you. Mind it, without attending college.
Personally, I do not believe that a mere college degree can define your entire career path. Your potential and love for profession acts as a catalyst in your overall triumph. You can take inspiration from these exemplary examples such as Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, John D. Rockefeller, to name a few. They did not run behind a college degree. They chased their dreams and hence excellence ran behind them. I am not against a college degree but I firmly believe not having one doesn’t mean end of growth and fortunes for a person. Just because you lack a college degree, doesn’t mean you should be abstained from opportunities which you deserve to every bit. You may have the ability to run a brilliantly booming business, as long as you have the drive. Again, degree can be a feather to your cap but not sacrosanct in running a business 
Let’s talk about struggles! College degree doesn’t guarantee a struggle free professional life. Does it? It might put you one notch higher or maybe a preferential treatment is meted out to you at your workplace, but not a struggle free life. A college degree may create a platform in the professional setup for you. You might be given prestigious designation but eventually you sustain when you have substance in you. It would not be wrong to say that while you are trying to touch pinnacles in your desired fields, you might be dragged down by people who are existing with this kind of stereotype outlook.
Despite all this, I would indorse that the students, who are attaining college education, can receive several compensations from it. A person learns about how to organize their time, their discipline and their money. One can interact with different people. These skills will be very useful in the upcoming years, in his/her workplace and personal life. Networking is another benefit of college education. Your colleagues could become your business partners or key contracts in the future. Also, students can participate in student organizations, such as the student groups, student newspaper or magazine or a cultural club. So by availing this mass opportunity helps students to grow personally, professionally and mentally.
As I stated before, I do not stand against a college degree. I stand against the mind-set which demotivates people who have not been able to acquire a degree. The person may not have attended college because he wasn’t that financially sound or might have been doing a part-time job for surviving. We have actor & actresses in Bollywood who are successful because of their matchless acting skills, not because they attended a high-end acting school/college. Our society needs to learn to develop a balanced viewpoint and not be judgemental about non-college goers. Different fields/offices should have a very fair system of analysing the potential of a candidate for job and not just by seeing a college tag! This shall allow only those people to be at the forefront who are par excellence in all aspects.