I'm one semester off of finishing my Bachelor Degree in Human Resources and have been working as HR Professional since mid-way through my first year. I'm a big fan of study because I'm all about personal growth and feel that University/College is one achievement in life that you can only accomplish on your own - there is no one to push you forward, no one there to give you a free pass and if you fail... no one cares because you're still having to pay for the course. Throughout my working life I've noticed that there are a few people in the corporate world who have studied their asses off with degrees, honours and even MBA (Masters) yet there are others, such as 2 GM's of my previous organisation, who have never studied a day in their lives. I don't discredit them at all because they are phenomenal at what they do but it leads me to ask, is study essential to achieve a senior management position within an organisation? Are the 3+ years spent pursuing framed documents actually more worthwhile than working your way up organically? I'm all for further study but would love to hear the Berry's view.