The right schooling is a shortcut to success for most students. It is structured and provides information that many would not think to acquire on their own. Someone who has exceptional ability, intelligence, and most of all, drive, can get ahead faster without formal schooling. They'll likely have to work harder than most college or trade school graduates. Six years of art and photojournalism in college taught little about photography that I hadn't learned in a military career before college. However, liberal arts schooling did provide a good background for fine art photography and improved the intellectual quality of life. If I had intended a second career as a photographer, one of the major photography schools might have been a better choice.