My years at university were long and expensive ( … but fun too)
When I was at secondary school, there was an expectation that I would go to university. In fact, pretty much all of us were expected to go to university, and most of us did. In fact, I spent years at university and I loved it! I got an undergraduate degree in Science, then a post graduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and then a Masters degree in Commerce.
My undergraduate degree in Science was a bit like getting an Arts degree. Whilst the education was wonderful, and I picked up some incredible knowledge and skills along the way, at the end of it all I wasn’t really qualified to do a particular job, like someone who does say a nursing degree. So after a degree like Science (and plenty of others), you kind of need to go and get further education so that you can do something more specific.
One of the problems with getting a degree, as impressive as it is when you’re finished, is the fact that your preferences can change drastically over time. When I enrolled in my Science degree I was 17 years old. I knew I liked science, but I didn’t really know what aspect of science I wanted to work in. I just knew that I liked learning about it, because it was fascinating to me. At the end of my four years of Science (I took an extra year because I did my change my mind half-way through – I no longer wanted to major in Chemistry, I was more interested in Psychology and Neuroscience), I still wasn’t really qualified for anything. So I decided to put my interest in psychology into postgraduate studies where I could apply my psychology skills to the workplace.
And that’s what I did. But … I didn’t want that forever. And doing something drastically different to what I was trained in … how would I do that? I didn’t want to go back to university. I’ll come back to this later.
During my years of study, like most people, I worked part-time in retail. The small amount of money I earnt in retail kept me going while I studied full time. I did this for SIX YEARS. And of course, the university fees were racking up. With every subject I did, I would add to my debt. I didn’t think about it much at the time. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately though, and how much things have changed since I went to university. If I were just out of school and contemplating my further education now, I can tell you I would do things VERY differently.
The costs of college degrees around the world. OUCH.
When I went through university, it was expenisive. Every year it gets even more costly. I found these images on cnbc.com. It shows the average costs of college tuition around the world. It shows that in some lucky countries, the cost of college tuition is free. In other countries like Australia, the UK and the US as many of us have learnt firsthand, the cost of higher education comes at a massive cost, with many college graduates carrying their debts for years and sometimes decades to come.
This must be a daunting prospect for young people considering their options now. Combine that with the cost of housing and it's kind of scary.
There are now more alternatives to a college degree than before
Whilst there have always been alternatives to a college education, with technology there is really no limit as to what we can learn, how, and when we can learn it. And the options can be far more affordable.
The world of education and the availability of information is changing. Jobs are changing too. There are jobs that exist now that just didn't exist when I was at university. Kids who are going through school now want to do things like be a YouTuber or professional blogger. And these are not fantasy jobs, these are legitimate careers that people going through the early stages of their education can and will do. They won't necessarily rely on the traditional model of education to get there though.
People are now also changing their careers multiple times throughout their lives, so the availability of accessible and cost effective learning to help people re-skill is becoming critical. And being able to do this without the price tag of a degree is crucial.
There is a new model of learning and education
You no longer need to go to university to build a legitimate career.
You do NOT have to wait four years just to get a degree in an area that might not be your passion, to work for someone else. You don't need to accumulate debt to pay for your learning. That is the old model of learning.
If you could learn a new profession for $359 per year, would you?
- And what if you could do this from your own home, in your own time?
- What if you could do this while you were still working full time?
- What if it was fun?
- What if you could put what you learn into practice from day one, and earn as you learn?
- What if you could take any passion and turn it into a livelihood?
You can. In fact, ANYONE can.
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