Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The education debate continues.

All I've ever wanted to do was travel.  After that I planned only to travel more prior to settling down into some comfort, which at the time looked like a future family.  Prior to finishing my degree I was given such an opportunity, and promptly focused 200% on the career which so generously afforded me the luxury to live out these dreams.  After all, the grass is green where you water it.

The notion that having a degree is the key to what truly prepares one for a job has always seemed a bit silly to me.  If I have a degree will I then know how to interview or to speak with people in an engaging and personable way?  Will a degree really enable me to learn how to find a job in what is known today as an ever-changing, even roller coaster-esque, market?  Please tell me, will it pave the way for me to create my own dream job?!  In many cases, it may.  I'm sure people are doing it as we speak.

However, now more than ever we have access to an almost free education through a multitude of platforms via the web.  I LOVE to see how technology and forward-thinking continue to push education and its role in job seeking, as well as in overall performance, far outside of the box.  I hope our future holds for us the freedom to get the best education in school and as an added bonus, an equal opportunity for those who are not afforded the expensive benefits of that same experience.

I absolutely believe some degrees hold a tremendous amount of value, despite my previous post with this video.  For instance, you certainly wouldn't find me choosing a doctor who credits their education to a free online platform.  Just take a look at the specialist I recently chose for my hand injury.  Dr. Leonard Gordon is nothing short of highly educated.

It still gives me great joy to read articles like this one.  At the end of the day we all want to know if we're adding value.  It's exciting to see that we are starting to realize people can add value in more ways than one.

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