The question was : 'Academic qualifications ensure success in life. Do you agree or disagree?' And this was my essay . . .
Too much emphasis is put on academic qualifications nowadays. It is said to be the sole determiner of success in life. In Malaysia, for instance, jobs are secured by only those who achieve well in their academic performance. In my point of view, academic qualification may be vital but it is not the only factor to ensure success in life of an individual as the ability and the willpower of oneself are also the determiners of success.
Success cannot only be measured by academic qualification as the skill and ability of oneself should be considered as well. Skills can be categorized in many ways, for example, social skills, language skills, and computer skills. It is not guaranteed that an individual with the most A’s or perfect grades will get a job as some employers may employ workers based on their skills. This is because academic qualification is solely based on one’s performance in their respected schools, colleges or universities. It is not based on what they are yet to execute in the working environment. Hence, skills are far more important in determining a successful life in the future.
Furthermore, the willpower of an individual is another secret to success in one’s life. When an individual is determined to achieve a certain goal or vision in their life, they will undeniably be victorious in their future. This does not matter whether they have a good academic qualification or not as not all people with great educational background turned out successful. The power of one’s determination can be seen in the success story of Bill Gates. He dropped out from Harvard University to take that one step further in his life by working hard to achieve his vision in his famous computer software, Microsoft. Thus, willpower plays an important role in achieving success in life.
In conclusion, I firmly believe that excellence in academic qualification does not ensure success in life. Skills, ability and willingness to work hard in one’s life are the main factors that can guarantee a successful future. Academic qualification is only a way to recognize a person’s strength. Thus, it should not be made as the sole determiner of success in life. As the famous quote goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, there is always a chance for everyone to be successful in life as long as they are willing to take on the challenge.
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