I was surfing the internet (very Millennial of me) and encountered a post talking about how “you can make more money with what’s in your hand than with a college job”.
Now, this prompted two very different questions:
First, what if you had something else in your hand different from your phone? How would that chain of thought go…
Second (and relevantly), what is a college job?
From what people were commenting on that post the majority seemed to interpret that a “college job” referred to: a good stable successful job you get because you went to college.
CAN GOING TO COLLEGE ENSURE YOUR LIFE’S SUCCESS?
(notice: we aren’t talking about heirs, politicians or people that “know people”… just saying.)
If you, like me, went to college in the first decade of the 2000’s, you know: there is no such thing as a stable job! It doesn’t matter if you went to the greatest college, you have the awesomest first job… the matter of fact is: nowadays there aren’t stable successful careers. Most successful people changed jobs a hand full (or more) of times. That experience, knowledge and diversity of path is exactly what gave them the success they have now.
So you see, the “going to college to have a successful life” premise, that we all heard in our youth, is looooonnnng gone.
Which begs the question that many ask themselves, not only in high-school, but whilst working:
SHOULD I GO TO COLLEGE?
Or the stressed out student version of it: SHOULD I GO TO COLLEGE EVEN IF IT DOESN’T GUARANTEE A GOOD JOB, HOUSE, CAR AND VACATIONS THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
There are 3 options here… the Sensational one, the Conservative one, and the one I think its best:
- Conservative thinking (your parents and every adult from 40 yo and above) will push you the idea that you can only have a secure life if you go to college. Their premise is their own experience and the proof is their own life.
- Sensational thinking (almost every youtuber, influencer and such) will try and sell you the idea that you don’t need a higher or technical education to have a successful life. They mainly do it by showing you how they make loads of money and have a glamorous lifestyle, with a high school degree (or less).
The problem with these two options is that neither of them see college for what it is. Rather, they consider it as a means to a specific end: A GOOD LIFE.
- I think you should make your decision based on what college can be and what you want to get from it. See the video on this by clicking here!
College is an experience, a mindset changer, a path of growth, an opportunity to connect, a way to learn. If you know what you want your life to be about, understand how going to college (and when) can add to it positively.
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So, what should you do? Here’s what I think:
DO YOU WANT A TECHNICAL JOB? Then go to college and learn the skills you need.
DO YOU WANT A CREATIVE JOB? Go to college to learn more about yourself and grow your skills, you can even do an abroad experience in your most inspiring country.
DO YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY NOW BUT YOUR PARENTS ARE FORCING COLLEGE ONTO YOU? Choose something you are passionate about for your college experience whilst working towards making money. You can do both you know? But take this opportunity to really understand what you like and dislike, how you better work and learn. Don’t just hate it without experiencing it first.
DO YOU WANT TO START WORKING RIGHT NOW? Learn what you are passionate about and then go to college to deepen your skills and mindset about it.
The TAKE AWAYS?
You make your own path and success. It’s not about having the right conditions or resources. It’s about understanding your strengths and making it happen. Working? That’s something you have to do. Studying? That’s something you have the privilege to get to do.
Make the right choice for the life you want to live and remember you can always try now what you didn’t do then!