We are currently living in an era where innovation and experience are valued more than college education when employers decide whether or not they will hire a candidate. In fact, jobs within the tech industry (which pay well over $200k) often hire recent high school graduates. All you need is an understanding of where technology is headed, how you can be onboard during the transition, and the wherewithal to jump at the right moment.
The myth of education
There was a time when having a college education represented prestige and a guarantee that one would secure a well-paying job. It was as if a college degree was the magic weapon in achieving great happiness and wealth. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Positions that require certain degrees, like positions within the medical field and legal profession, are saturated with individuals who are willing to take anything just to pay their inflated student loan debt.
To make matters worse, most students go to college because they can’t imagine what life would be like if they didn’t. Students rarely have an idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives after they graduate from high school, and they are equally as confused once they finally graduate from college. Additionally, college does not set a person up for understanding the groundwork of entrepreneurial life and what it takes to make a business survive.
Sure, a person will learn the basic business skills that are the foundation for running a business administratively, but how does this play a role in the structuring of relationships, partnerships, and financial advocacy? It doesn’t, and it was never meant to. College primarily sets most students up for a life of working for others who probably never attended a 4-year institute—and who instead, went off to gain valuable skills working in the industry in which they ultimately started their own company.
Why college isn’t for everyone
It’s time to stop forcing your belief of what college can do for others onto the world around you. Although college serves some, you must acknowledge that it indeed does not serve others and, as such, should not be considered the only option after graduating from high school. As a matter of fact, most startup companies today are founded by young millennials who are tech-savvy and money hungry.
According to Forbes, the millennial generation is shaping the modern workforce, creating jobs through innovative start-ups, and getting paid a lot of money for doing so. They aren’t afraid to take the necessary risks required to plunge into the world with only an idea, drive, and a bit of passion. Although skills are necessary, most positions are hiring other young individuals without skills because they are willing to train.
Is college the best move?
College is a great move for certain people. The only issue is when we somehow fall victim to the idea that college is a great move for all people, regardless of what the person wants to do. We throw our antiquated views of how the world operates onto those of a younger generation and then get upset when they refuse to fall in line with OUR way of thinking.
The only way to know what’s best for someone else is to actually take the time to ask them. If they don’t know, then give them the room necessary to figure it out through the life experiences that will come forth for them. Life is the best teacher; and from life, we learn patience, strategic thinking, and critical reasoning—all of which are necessary to successfully operate an effective business.