18 Sep 11 12:49 pm
I guess, I am the odd ball here. I went for 1 semester, never went back. I went to work instead. Most of the people I know who did go say it really wasn't worth the money. I guess you get out of it what you put into it, just like anything in life.
Some of the most successful people that I know didn't finish university, so, I think it is something you should do only if you want to. Don't let anyone else tell you what choices to make in your life. Parents are always trying to push their kids in the direction that THEY want them to go. Don't be their puppet. be your own person and choose your own path in life.
If you WANT the experience, it can be great. however, don't fall into the false belief that you have to go to university in order to be successful. You don't. I have learned many of the same skills mentioned above through self education (libraries are a wonderful thing!). You have to be dedicated to the task to do it on your own, but you can also focus your studies on things that actually interest you instead of sitting through hours of boring courses that drive you insane.
If you want to go to university, I would focus on business management and marketing course of studies, if you want to make IM your full time business. Those kind of studies will teach you things that you can actually apply to your online business, and so there will be a connection there. I would also recommend looking into some studying of psychology since a lot of Sales copy and good marketing is all about understanding people's wants and desires, and how they think.
I am always reading new stuff about marketing, business planning, psychology, as well as reading stuff on the topics of my niche markets. I also read a ton of stuff on interpersonal relationships, and how people interact with each other. this is really beneficial especially if you do a lot of direct, social media marketing.
Self education is hard work, but it saves a fortune, especially if you are using free resources such as a public library.
I have even done product reviews off of books I got at the library (does that count as a free review copy? should I disclose in my reviews " I didn't purchase this book, I got it from the library" for the ftc? okay back on topic here...)
If you have a good library system, you can find loads of new stuff as well as some old school stuff. Since I want to be better at sales copy and marketing, I read everything on marketing I can find. some of it I agree with some of it I disagree with, but you want to expand your mind by looking at alternative points of view.
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