Now the situation is fairly different:
- there are no more vacancies
- the age of retirement is increasing
- there is no R&D
- you graduate when you are at least 25 y.o. and have no previous experience
- a pizzaiolo and engineer earn the same wage
1) Is a degree required to have better chances to find a job or for personal esteem?
2) If I wanna learn something should I really attend courses at the university for 3/5 years or can I just read books on my own?
3) Am I really that good in that subject?
When I was in the high school I had always been thinking to study philosopy. I liked it, I liked it a lot. I found it deep, well structured, with smart people. Then I realized that in Italy a degree in philosophy does not add any point to your CV. Then I enrolled at the engineering faculty. I think I want to know more about philosopy because I like it and I am curious. I can learn about philosophers reading their books and philosophy books. I don't need someone to demonstrate to that I know what maieutica is or what different said Jung than Freud.
I wanna know it for my personal culture, not to be judged.
It is not so strange to think about attending a faculty which is hard but gives you better chances to find a job. Job is sacrifice, is something you don't always like to do. So study is. Studying is already a work, or to say it better, it's a workout.