University was the passport to a successful future, the key to getting a good job, so we could earn a good salary, so we could enjoy life, rewarding ourselves with houses, cars, holidays etc…
Parents still see education as incredibly important. It is a gateway to a more successful future, but the lines are blurring.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”not so cut and dried” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]If current trends continue, in just 10 years 40% of all young graduates from OECD and G20 countries, will come from China and India, just 25% will come from the EU and the US.*
As a consequence, our children will face more competition from a better educated, global talent pool than any other generation previously.
If you throw into the mix, the seemingly ever-rising cost of going to university which often means that graduates take their first step on the career ladder with a heavy debt burden and suddenly the decision to go to University (or not), is not quite so clear cut.
*(The UK Commission for Employment and Skills: The Future of Work: Jobs and Skills in 2030)[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”so what to do instead” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]You will know yourself that education is only part of the story. Your success in life is determined by your skills and abilities in other areas, not what qualifications you have.
However if you are looking for some alternatives to College or University, we like James Altucher and his way of thinking.
In the slideshare below he highlights 40 alternatives to going to college. Alternatives that don’t result in graduates being thousands in debt, but still stretch the intellect through exposure to new ideas, people and thinking; whilst at the same time providing valuable real world life skills.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]