My original plan after getting out of college was to battle my way to the top of the corporate ladder, but dad had something different in mind. He wanted me to go straight to grad school because it, he firmly believes, ensures professional success. Personally, I believe it's a lie a lot of people buy into. I can give at least a dozen names who excelled in their field without completing a dissertation
. Just go do a little online research on successful people and I bet you more than half of them didn't even contemplate about going to grad school.