December 11, 2017

Is college necessary or is experience enough?

This is a very thought provoking article by Tamara J. Erickson. I have mentioned a few posts on HBR by Erickson.

Many of us are asking this question these days. I have three kids in college. My twins will be Juniors this fall, and my son is a sophomore. While I still think a college degree gets you in the door at an early age, I am not convinced it is what makes you successful. There are so many skills not being taught in our education system today (or if they are, they are elective courses), such as public speaking, how to network effectively, how to market yourself or your business, how to write a great article, how to save and invest money, and the list goes on.

I want to say that I believe that college is well designed for some people but not for everyone. It is a big world out there, and the street smarts quite often outweigh the book smarts..

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