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Is school and University education really needed in life?

Is it a waste of time for those that work to their best ability in school and University to get top grades? Are those guaranteed to get a good job and wage or is those that know the right people and talk the right bull? To the older visitors of TED can you say from experience that education helped you to a better life, and for the younger visitors what do you think?

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    Apr 17 2013: .

    Hi Dáire,

    Education is not just about running through the program and achieving good grades. Education is about venturing into different subjects, discovering your interests, and networking. Nothing is guaranteed but taxes and death. Grades are an indicator, one of many. If you are currently in school and are unhappy with the process, I suggest looking into the opportunity of creating your own major (if your university has that option).

    Good luck,
    /S

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