“Back in my day”
“Back in my day you needed a Bachelor’s degree to get a job, otherwise you will end up like the neighbor’s son! Broke, unemployed, and no hope for a future! Is that what you want to be son?!” Yadayadayada … For those who either dropped out of college or never stepped foot in one, how many times your family nagged you to death about it? Well … I’ve been in that position … for a long time.
Our parents cannot understand that the world has changed since they were our age. Back when they were in their 20’s, it was pretty much a requirement to go to a university.
Without it, you wouldn’t get a job. It guaranteed everyone who graduated a stable job and the opposite for those who didn’t. That stigma has transferred into the 21st century and the majority of elderly people still believe that you need at least a bachelor to be taken seriously.
Why I think Online Courses will make traditional institutions (almost) obsolete
Back in the day, I used to go to a private math class once a week with 20 leva in my pocket. It was difficult for me because I was terrible at math and I had to catch up 5 hours of math in only 1 hour. Suffice it to say I did not pass the annual exam that year…
Things have changed. You no longer need to go to classes, you can just study online from home! The convenience of these courses and the ability to pay online with your digital wallet and virtual cards have really changed the way we learn in the modern age.
Another big advantage of online courses is that there is a wide variety of topics to choose from. There are hundreds if not millions of courses – from finance, real estate, design, and entrepreneurship to how to make the perfect pasta! This wide variety of knowledge far surpasses that of traditional institutions. Only 65% of under 16’s think it’s important to go to university.
More and more people are starting to realize that you are not required to pursue a degree to be successful in life or to get a respectable job. That stigma is slowly fading away, but try explaining that to your parents ha! Can’t blame them though, they were raised in that environment their entire life. It’s hard to adjust to change, especially when it comes to education.
Oh, and let’s not forget the…. debt….eh…yes. Students in the United States owe $1.6 TRILLION dollars in debt. That’s TRILLION with a T, not Billion! Most of us cannot even start to comprehend how much money that is. That is a terrifying statistic which I think plays an important part as to why college enrollment in the States has been declining eight years in a row. For comparison, here how much it costs to study in the European Union. Big difference huh?
I even met someone fresh out of college when I was working in the States. He was $75,000 in debt and was working for $8.5 an hour (before taxes). It got me thinking – how can he pay all that money off when he just worked for that amount. I did the math and … it was not encouraging. Of course, he will find a better job eventually but isn’t that the point of getting a degree? Isn’t that why you get a degree in the first place?
I am getting sidetracked here, so let’s get back on topic. I just wanted to point out the main reason why I think Online Courses are becoming more and more popular. Online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare provide top-notch courses with certificates, giving you the opportunity to learn while you are working a full-time job.
And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to flex on their LinkedIn profile that they just passed a course and have taken a photo of it so they can post it. Admit it, you know at least one person who has done it. Ever since I passed 500 Connections my feed has been bombarded with those!
Looking Ahead, beyond traditional education and without it.
I believe we are heading for a future where Universities will be almost, if not completely replaced. The changing job market, Artificial Intelligence, high costs are making it really difficult for traditional institutions to keep up with our ever-evolving world. I won’t miss ‘em that’s for sure. My experience in university can be summed up in four words – boredom, dread, and soul-crushing.
Thanks to digitalization I can learn anything, anywhere, anytime. I hope you are learning too.0