Should we STILL Encourage Students to Attend College?
Should we STILL encourage #students to attend #college?
As a professional #STEM speaker, event organizers often request 'college readiness' to be a part of my messaging.
But I'm not sure if I should.
Here are a couple reasons:
1) According to recent surveys, a significant percentage of #GenerationZ students want to be entrepreneurs.
2) The Digital Age has begun to transform our workforce from almost exclusively corporate to freelancer-friendly.
Professionals now get paid for their #SKILLS, and not necessarily their degrees. Lucrative skills like #coding and multimedia #production can be learned cheaply, when compared to the cost of tuition.
However, in the #sciences, degrees still are widely regarded as the barrier to entry.
Still, if a student's ultimate goal is to own their own business, should they spend over $100k to be in debt for a piece of paper? Or should they seek an apprenticeship under an up-and-coming #entrepreneur? OR should they spend that time working and teaching themselves #digital skills on the side?
The #equity gap causes another wrinkle. Not all students have access to the network necessary to leverage their digital skills.
I think it's time to reassess where we are pushing our students. What are your thoughts?