Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller at the launch of iPhone X on 12th September 2017. (Apple photo)
Apple’s iPhone X has just been rolled out. Featuring a super sleek design with breath-taking innovations like facial recognition (which, by the way, didn’t work on the first attempt during the demo) sent Apple fans into an immediate state of longing for (yet another) new Apple smart phone.
The price of the new phone, however, raised some eyebrows. At RM4,200 after conversion, it would consume the entire salary of an entry level executive – at least twice over.
Before you fork that money over for a phone upgrade, consider spending your money on education instead. Here are three reasons we bet you can’t argue with.
1. Education can help you get a better job and a higher salary
Education is the most important investment you can make. It’s unlikely that you can use your iPhone to get you a better job or a raise. Adding a qualification to your resume or attending a course, however, helps you do better in your job, opens up new opportunities, and can be used as leverage for negotiating a higher salary. By the time iPhone 20 comes out, you’d be able to afford it without having to sell one of your organs, thanks to your degree, certification, or training.
2. Unlike the iPhone, education lasts a lifetime
Since 2007, Apple has released 13 phones. That’s 1.3 phone versions per year, or 9.2 months before your phone is considered outdated and then you’re longing for the newer version. Updating your skills, on the other hand, equips you with knowledge, thinking skills and job skills that you’d be able to use for the whole of your life – inside and outside of your career.
3. The iPhone is great technology, but check out what your brain can do
From the article, “Supercomputer models one second of human brain activity”, Researchers used the K computer in Japan, currently the fourth most powerful in the world, to simulate human brain activity. The computer has 705,024 processor cores and 1.4 million GB of RAM, but still took 40 minutes to crunch the data for just one second of brain activity.
Spend your hard-earned cash on language classes, a specialisation course, or a skills training workshop. Your brain – and your future self – will thank you for it.
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