If you ask the average resident of the planet earth about things that they prefer mostly what would be the answer? The most usual answer would probably be the wealth and success. But wealth and success do not come up ust like that. I takes a lot of time, effort and, most importantly, education and active learning in order to build the wealth and success.
Self-education is very important in the 21st century. Our grandparents could imagine a world in which they finish the school and to the rest of their life do the same thing at the same or very similar way. But even our fathers felt the need for continuous education. Today the idea of completion of education by graduation sounds more and more like a utopia. Modern society, a society of knowledge, requires a continuous education, at least until retirement. In fact you really have no choice - you'll learn until your death, but for comfort - once you enter into retirement, provided that it allows you to existence, you will learn just what you want and as much as you want.
You can educate after the completion of formal education in two ways. One is that your company you work for is sending you to education, courses, workshops and other events. But not many people can acquire sufficient education on that way. The other way of continuous education are learning during after hours, during weekends, leisure, or if possible a dedicated time during the work. You can do it by reading the books, visit web seminars or exchanging experiences with colleagues. This is particularly important in professions in which the scope and focus of work relatively often change. IT is one of those professions.
IT is an area that is rapidly changing and there is always something new appearing, a new item or technology that require the expert to devote his time to study them. The field of IT is wide, covering the immense amount of innovation and technology that is difficult to track. However, if you want to remain competitive in the IT world, you must follow them. Not all, because it is not possible. Even with specialized things it is sometimes difficult to keep up the pace.
IT is not the only professional field that requires self-education. Neither the doctors are spared - new discoveries in medicine, new procedures, new diagnostics, new drugs ... and doctors today have to learn throughout their careers. In fact, it's easier to enumerate the profession in which education more or less stops with graduation: cleaners, workers, manual, chambermaids, ... Every profession that has had a more complex process is subject to change, some faster, some slower.
It is therefore disturbing to see how self-education sometimes is not appreciated. What is the alternative for education? Is that a sport bet or lotto? Wining a horse race bet may help to some, but the odds are so low.
Alternatively, you can further educate and thus become more capable, efficient and competitive. Your knowledge will enable you to progress in relation to colleagues. It will open the door to career advancement toward higher position and higher salary. It will bring you to needful things: wealth and success.