According to US Census Bureau Population Survey, those who have higher education earn more than those who do not have or have less. Common sense dictates that you do not even need a census to prove otherwise. Education is an advantage to career success. While professional work experience offers some advantage, having the right degree and training is preferable or valued by most professional job recruiters.
The best thing about the internet is the opportunity to acquire Online Degrees while employed and without taking a leave of absence from work. You can do both: earn and learn or learn and earn, which ever. With online education, you can earn that desired associate, bachelors or even graduate degree at your own pace while keeping your day job. As a young professional whose aim is career success, you should invest more on your continuing education while you are young. An advanced degree (or graduate degree) gives you an unfair advantage over your professional peers.
Lest I be misunderstood in my premise here: I do not equate success with education. However, while education does not guarantee career success, it is nevertheless one of the cornerstones of career success. As Peter Drucker, a well-known Quality Management guru, put it: The more successful you are, the more that it necessary for you to continue educating yourself. ‘Lifetime education’ is imperative.