You can’t learn effectively if you don’t know how…
I graduated from university with Bachelor diploma in Russian and English philology. Although my parents and environment insisted on me pursuing a Master’s degree, I decided to go to Georgia (the country, not the state) to practice my Russian, while working for a local non governmental organization, where I was responsible for teaching to internally-displaced children.
It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did I strengthen my target languages , but I also gained other valuable skills (in the areas of project management, international communication, and fundraising), but I also noticed just how much you can gain through practice.
I’m not a big fan of our current education system. While I think university education is important and in some fields, such as medicine or law, even crucial(I’d never get on a plane with a “self-taught pilot), I also believe that self-directed learning, together with persistence, determination, and self-awareness, are the key to success in our rapidly changing work environment.