You are spending 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 dollars on education. On college. You are excited to get your degree and get that job you always dreamed of. Then a pandemic strikes in and wipes off everything we once considered normal and attainable.
There are degrees that offer you great skills that you cannot learn online like how to become a doctor, or a lawyer, or a dentist, but do you really need a degree to become an entrepreneur, a real estate agent? A social media manager? Degrees are overrated. If you put your mind to it, you can learn everything through Ted Talks or through a bunch of courses. You can be self-thought. There, I said it.
A lot of students are under-served because they get little to no attention in big classes and public schools because they cannot afford a better school. I firmly believe that education should be available across all economic structures, but sadly, that’s not our reality.
Most of the teachers that teach haven’t done it. Because guess why? They are busy teaching; they haven’t experienced the real world. I don’t want to learn from someone who learned from someone who learned from someone. I want to learn from someone who has hands-on experience, someone who’s been in the game, and knows how to play it.
When you think about it, most institutions are not looking for experienced people in the respected area, they are looking for people who can transmit information, so others understand it clearly.
Most chefs are self-thought, right? They have tremendous salaries based on creativity, talent, and experience. Some have perhaps attended some courses here and there, but most just love food and cooking and it shows in their output. That matters more than theory. I don’t care whether you have a culinary background, if your risotto sucks, guess what? I am not coming to your restaurant ever again.
So use this revolution. This shift the pandemic induced. You don’t need a degree for many professions out there, you can learn from home thanks to the power of the internet. Trust me, you’ll benefit much more from experience than from theory. Distance learning is a thing of the future, join the revolution.
When looking for a job, having that hands-on experience, having someone who’s done it to show you the way will make all the difference. Not the theory. Not the degree. People don’t care who you are or if you have a degree as long as what you teach works. That’s my secret message for you in a bottle. Think about it.
- There is nothing wrong in being self-thought
- Focusing on learning something specific is better than generalized education
- Experience is more valuable than theoretical knowledge