Hi, my name is Zach Browne, and I am the Software Developer at ONQOR.

From a young age I was always told about the importance and necessity of going to university and getting a degree; so much so that during my schooling years I deemed the possibility of not going to university as absurd and if I/others didn’t go to university we had failed at school.

This notion was pushed onto me by peers, teachers, parents and became so important to me that it became a burden causing me many sleepless nights, anxiety and copious amounts stress.



After a gruelling two weeks, I finished my final school exams and waited for the results that I believed would determine the rest of my life and my career.

I won’t ever forget the feeling in my stomach when I saw the status on Facebook from a friend exclaiming that results were out, and she had got into the university of choice.

I quickly proceeded to log onto my student portal to join in on the celebrations happening around the country only to realise the revelation that I had not gotten the results required to study Computer Science, and that I would never be a software developer.



It is now three years down the line, I have been and dropped out of university, and now I live on the other side of the world from my family and am working as a Software Developer for a Media and Tech Agency doing what I love to do.

University is an excellent place for some but sometimes not right for others.

Some of the most significant and most successful people in the world right now have never been to or have dropped out of university. Sir Richard Branson, left school at 16, he now has an estimated net worth of 2.7 Billion and owns over 200 companies; David Karp invented Tumblr, dropped out at 17 and is now worth 1.1 Billion.

These are just some of the few examples of some fantastic people that have achieved incredible things without a university degree.

So why can’t you?



Sir Richard Branson once said, “If you have the desire to succeed, not having a piece of paper with A, B or C written on it isn’t going to hold you back.”

Sometimes the hysteria around a university degree and the result at the end of it makes you forget the desire and hard work that it took to succeed.

Don’t let a piece of paper determine what you do with the rest of your life. Spend each day searching for something you love to do and set yourself a goal and strive for it.