“…to believe in themselves and think less about money as a career goal. Above all, education, in particular math and science, gives you the freedom to choose what you do, rather than being told what to do.”
Of course we know this. We here who read this site are often Ph.D. holders or seekers, those who are thoroughly invested in math and science, and on the path to fantastic careers.
The question is, what kind of careers? Is the only appropriate route to planetary science that of Ph.D., postdoc, postdoc, postdoc, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, emeritus? Or maybe a career at a national lab, with the emphasis on research and less on teaching? Or are there other routes?
Education gives you the freedom to choose what you do. You can be an accomplished teacher, a brilliant researcher, an invested project scientist, a member of a team doing amazing things for research and exploration … the only question is, what will you choose, and does it work for you?