Jobs – a practical man who dropped out after one semester at Reed College, believed firmly in the power of a liberal arts degrees, and being a well round educated individual.
Gates -a man who firmly believed in the power of learning real world experience outside of the academic setting. Gates empathized the power of the life lessons you learn outside of the classroom. He felt they are some of the most important lessons you learn throughout your life. While both of these approaches worked for these men, in retrospect- what work ethic is better? Jobs or Gates.
While having been enrolled in a university setting for 3 semesters, it has quickly come to my attention, that the Steve Jobs way is no longer practical for many career paths. As a student studying Public Relations, I cannot simply attend classes, gain a degree in PR and get a job. Earning a job is all about real world experience and showing employers that you are able to take initiative and go above and beyond just going to classes everyday. Getting a job is no longer about earning a diploma, it’s all about presenting the accomplishments that you have achieved outside of the classroom and showing you have the drive to want to succeed.
Frequently as I sit in many of my general education classes I think to myself – how does this random information apply to my life? I still do not know how to answer this question. While I agree with Steve Jobs, that receiving a college degree with a provides you with an exceptional work ethic, I do not think that I should have to pay tremendous amounts of money to go to college in order to learn this little life lesson.
Recently The New York Times wrote an article about the different work ethics of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Jobs was quoted saying,”It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing and nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.” Jobs believed in melding all aspects of the university setting to create the most innovative pieces of work. I do not fully agree with Jobs’ outlook on education. In this modern day of startups and new technology the allure of dropping out of college to join the thrilling new tech and PR world is apparent. Gaining hands on experience like working at a startup is key to earning a job. I find this winteresting because Jobs never graduated college and made one of the biggest empires in the world. Quite contradictory I would say.
I do not doubt the power of a college setting, for the groups that I have become involved with beyond the classroom have provided me with a great deal knowledge and have provided me with great connections. Yet, I can’t help but wonder why going to college is such a vital aspect of our lives, while the knowledge that many students needs in order to become successful lies outside of the classroom setting – specifically through internships and school clubs.