“Five years ago, doing something other than college was risky. In five years it will be common.”
These are exciting times in education and career training. The landscape is changing, and everyone knows it. College degrees are still expected by most employers, but the trend is in the other direction. Some of the most interesting companies don’t care. They want something that stands out and signals real value.
If this statement was true in 2013, it is even more so in 2018. Check out these articles that show, without a doubt, that college is losing its hold on society:
Chicago Tribune: A Four-Year Degree Isn’t the Only Path
While this post doesn’t discount college entirely, it disputes the myth that you need a bachelor’s degree to make good money.
Tucker Carlson: Is College Worth It? series
- Is College Still Worth It?
- Affirmative Action, College, and Unintended Consequences
- Are Colleges Leaving our Kids Unprepared?
- College Alternative: Changing Views on Degrees
Brian Tracy: Do you Need a College Degree to be Successful?
Brian Tracy is a highly successful entrepreneur that opted out of college. “Rushing into college could potentially force your hand into a career you may not want 5 or 10 years down the line.” Tracy also elaborates on the long list of people who have succeeded without college degrees.
CNBC: Why IBM Wants to Hire Employees Without 4-Year Degrees
HuffPost: It’s Time to Reconsider Whether College is Worth It
Entrepreneur: Why the Traditional Four-Year Degree Isn’t Cutting it Anymore
“Times have changed. Why hasn’t our education system? Parents sometimes push their children down the college path with false hopes.” We can’t keep relying on old educational models to work endlessly!
Oneclass.com: 57.5% of College Graduates Don’t Work in Their Field of Study (BONUS Article)
This article expands on the fact that many grads don’t even work in the field they studied for!
“When 1 in 4 college graduates regret the degree they went to school for, it’s a problem. It’s not easy to look back at four years of life and to think it was all for naught. Not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars painfully pulled out of pocket in pursuit of a degree that didn’t see a return in investment when it mattered most.”
But it’s not just news sources and big companies that are questioning traditional college credentials.
In short, we are living in an education revolution. Homeschooling continues to grow more popular. More companies like Google and Apple will follow them. More college alternatives like Praxis are just around the corner. More young people are breaking the mold, refusing to be crushed by the status quo.
Is it a little radical to try something like Praxis? Yes. That’s precisely why it’s so valuable. Five years ago, doing something other than college was risky. In five years it will be common. Now is that sweet spot, where you have a chance to do something just enough on the edge to make you stand out, but not so far that no one understands. This is the time to push yourself just a little out of the comfort zone, be an innovator, and reap the first mover rewards on the job market.
The opportunity cost is low for young people. The older you get, the harder it is to try something for a year. It’s always possible, but the mental hurdles become harder to overcome. Now is the time.