Whether you want to believe it or not, work is structured much like an academic setting.
Your job title is your class standing.
Your company is an institution.
Your co-workers and supervisors are your classmates and professors.
Your manager is the Dean.
Your work is the curriculum.
A job change is a transfer.
And a promotion is a degree.
If you look at it this way, it’s almost as if your job is your continued education, just in a different form. Aside from the obvious parallels between work and academics, some things remain the same;
Deadlines are deadlines.
Interviews are interviews.
Teamwork is teamwork.
Although you may have wished you went to college, or are still toying with the idea of going to graduate school; if you’re working, you kind of already are continuing your education. You learn with every job experience you have, so take that opportunity to learn and treat it like an education, because it is (even if you don’t get a degree out of it). You can always choose to further your education, but in the meantime learn on the job because work is an education all of its own.