College is dead.
When I say that it gets people pretty fired up. Which is odd, most people I've said that too do not have any vested interest in a college or colleges. And they aren't running or creating any colleges. They have only gone to college.
So it's either 1.) They are very happy the way the educational system works and will defend it to the death or 2.) They regret their decision of paying the amount of money they paid and being in the amount of debt that they are in. Which therefore they will defend college because it creates more regret admitting that college is dead.
Now let me clarify something right off the bat that I think if I followed up with right after saying "College is dead" that it would make more sense to people.
College is dead. Learning is not.
Today there are more opportunities to learn than ever before. If you would have showed someone 20 years ago all the different forms of learning available today they would be stunned. So, when I say, "College is dead." I have nothing against learning. Me telling you that college is dead is actually to get you thinking of other ways we/you can learn.
Here is the problem.
In high school, when you think about college you think about becoming an "adult", majoring in something and becoming an expert at that. Then you graduate and because you majored in XYZ and you are a "master" in that subject a company is waiting to give you $100,000 a year will full benefits and PTO.
Let's be honest, that's just not the case. Actually it is almost the opposite. Most kids go to college, screw around, change majors 10x, never master anything and then freak out the last semester of school because they have no idea what to do. And then because they don't have a plan or job lined up that they thought they would have they go back to the only thing they know. Which is? More school. They decide they are going to get their masters degree, or doctorate.
The problem is rooted in our society. We love to talk about it, we love to be "working towards it", but when it comes down to it we don't "do it". Action is king, and in a world of inaction the ones who just "do" will be the ones that come out on top. If you want to read more about "action" you can read my other post "Action Over Everything".
But let's move on from the negative. And before we do, go ahead and leave a comment about what you feel about what I just said. I know not everyone will agree with me and thats perfectly fine. A world full of like minded people is dangerous.
So if college is dead and learning is not than what else is there?
I believe we are living through a shift in terms of how we learn. I say college is dead, and when I say that I mean in the way they teach. College will most likely always be around, the amount of money universities have is that of epic proportions. But, with learning platforms entering the internet sphere, apprenticeship programs like Praxis, and self teaching tools the sky is the limit in terms of learning.
Here are some online learning platforms you need to checkout:
Udemy: This site has it all. You can take courses on technology, MBA courses, self development courses, etc. The list goes on and on.
Lynda.com: Lynda is pretty similar to Udemy, the only difference I would say is that it tailors more towards to the tech/design world.
Coursera: Coursera is different in that with them you can take actualy college courses online. Classes ranging from Stanford to Duke. Are they worth it? I have never tried it so you will have to check it out for yourself.
CodeAcademy: Web development is one of the most sought after skills in terms of the start-up/business world. At CodeAcademy you can learn to code. The lessons/courses are easy to use, they progress you at a good pace and it is interactive. Oh, by the way, it's FREE.
Udacity: Udacity offers Nanodegrees. These courses are a little bit more on the expensive side but you can obtain skills that would cost thousands of more dollars anywhere else.
SkillShare: Skillshare offers online classes built by real world experts in that category. You can pay per class and try some of them out for free!
CreativeLive: CreativeLive is tailored more towards the arts, but it offers a freemium business model. Meaning they air live courses/classes on photography, adobe design, etc. for free and then offer them for sale after they have been recorded live.
The list is increasing by the day. Try some of the free ones out and see what you think. This is good news though, people and businesses are seeing what the future holds in terms of learning and they are paving the way to a better and more effecient way to learn.
Comment below of any other learning platforms you like to use or your experience using any of the following platforms above!