The big shift from school to work (or so-called “real life”) is the question that determines value.
At all times, we’re asked what we can contribute.
But, often without warning, the form of the question shifts from “What do you know?” to “What can you do?”
To be clear, neither what you know nor what you can do determines your ultimate value as a person. That’s a question of metaphysics, not of markets.
But the ancient wisdom still holds true: no matter how much you learn in school, you will sooner or later be judged on how well you’ve learned to apply what you know.
Don’t hold your breath waiting to be taught that in school.