That’s a good question, isn’t it? Notice that it did not ask “is a college education obsolete?” O contraire (if I may make practical application of my French class)!
But here’s what’s happening.
* students are incurring massive amounts of college loan debt, some even in the six figures!
* recent grads are finding it harder and harder to land the job they want
* virtually all jobs require some kind of high tech knowledge, so what was learned in college may already be outdated
But there’s a paradigm shift happening in education, and you’ve probably already noticed the changes.
Education has become a lifetime event. Maybe the term “lifetime event” sounds like a contradiction in terms, but if one understands that to have a productive and successful career, you must NEVER STOP LEARNING!
While the memories of college may remain forever in your heart, one must admit that most learning occurs outside of the classroom long after the diploma has been boxed away.
21st century education looks more like the old work-study programs, but significantly different because of social media and the fact that when it comes down to it, it’s really up to us as individuals to find our own successful career path.
And if you ask many recent grads, they’ll tell you that they are looking….. looking for something where a career path meets social networking.
Never stop learning!
Commentary by Steven D. Cox CPA