Should I go to College?
It’s a fair question for our children to ask, since many of the top companies aren’t requiring it anymore.
In fact many of the top fortune 100 companies prefer you don’t head off to university because they’d rather train you internally.
Recently Business Insider shared the following post: “Apple, Google, and Netflix don’t require employees to have 4-year degrees, and this could soon become an industry norm”
They shared in the post that according to LinkedIn: “Many of the nation’s most popular companies to work for don’t require a college degree, and certain jobs are more likely to be filled with noncollege graduates than others.”
I learned about this viral article because my son shared the following video with me from Entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David.
I highly suggest watching it, but let’s discuss his 7 reasons Universities should be scared about what’s happening with the large Fortune 100 companies.
7 Reasons Colleges Should Be Scared
Patrick points out the following disadvantages of going to college and why they can’t keep up with what corporations want.
Are you familiar with Moore’s Law? Simply put, this law says that computer processors double in complexity every two years.
The point is that needs are changing and technology is changing at a rapid pace. And who finds out about these changes and pivots first? Not universities. Companies.
Companies have found out about advancements and changes in technology and pivots to accommodate those changes before universities may even find out about them. Which means the students may not be taught about these new changes until years later (possibly when they enter the work force).
Memory is No Longer Required
His point here is that our smart device can answer questions for us and we don’t need to memorize facts the way we used to. We can simply ask Alexa or Siri the question, or Google it on the spot.
While I do agree with this to a point, I would also argue that memory is still needed. After all, you have to learn new technology and use your memory to use is effectively each time.
Computer Science Degree is Obsolete within 3 Years
This is similar to the first point and refers to how fast technology is changing. By the time changes happen in technology and that information is passed down to students, other changes have already happened in computer science. That means students are, inevitably, graduating with outdated knowledge. The foundation may still apply, but technology has continued moving at a rapid pace and graduating students are behind already.
Curriculum is Outdated
This goes back to speed again. Teachers are teaching what they have learned, but many times that information is outdated, especially in the time it takes for curriculum to go through an approval process and be passed down to students.
Companies Can Train on a Specialized Skill Set in 3-6 Months
Employees who are doing the work on a daily basis, using the newest technology, can teach new employees what they need to know to do a job effectively… and in far less time than it takes a university to teach the material.
Companies are Starting Their Own Universities
Companies have realized that they can teach the specialized skills in less time, far less time, then universities. And they’ve also realized that the soft skills like teamwork and goal setting can be learned in high school simply by playing sports. That means they can recruit employees out of high school rather than waiting four years for new job candidates.
Control the Narrative
Major universities are controlling the narrative, “brainwashing” kids to believe their school is absolutely amazing so they’ll be a donor down the road. Companies want to do the same and control the narrative. They want new hires to look at them with the same level of admiration that kids look at their alma mater.
Conclusion: Should I Go to College Today
There is certainly no right or wrong answer to this question. And I would argue that it depends on the field that you’re pursuing, whether a degree is necessary.
If you’re getting a degree in computer science, you may be better off finding a company that can teach you the specialized skills you want and avoid the $37,000 of debt that the average student graduates with. On the other hand, if you want to go to school to be a doctor or a dentist, an advanced degree with years of study is necessary.
What do you think, mom and dad? Do you think that a college education is necessary today?