A long time ago, one of my bosses called me into this office and said ‘so I looked at your CV again. You have 3 degrees and are working on a 4th? That means you’re insecure. Dismissed.’ (well, something close like that).
I didn’t know what to think about his comments at the time, shrugged them off and went on with my life. But they have come back to me time and time again since. And I completely disagree.
For me, taking a degree is scratching an itch and following my interest in a subject. I’m an English undergrad because I was mesmerised by London and the English books in my secondary school library. I’m a bookhistorian because most everything about books brings me bliss and joy. I’m an MBA because I wanted to challenge myself to find out more about business and management. I’m a designer (of sorts) because I wanted to figure out how the design process works so I’d be able to understand it and make the designs I was involved in better.
Doing a degree, following an online course or reading a good book are expressions of curiosity. Of a willingness to try and potentially fail. Or putting your brain to work in a way that is unfamiliar and exciting and scary. Build new neural connections, keep your brain healthy, figuring out more about yourself as you learn about a topic. And that, that is not insecurity. It’s curiosity.