Decades ago, having a college degree meant you were sure to get the job of your dreams, but today employers are more inclined to hire you if you come toting 4 years of hands-on experience and an impressive portfolio. They’d much rather have someone who can jump right in and get to work, not someone who hands over a massively, overpriced piece of paper (degree). I even got suckered into going to college but I found that it was holding me back from succeeding in life. Full-time school plus full-time work and it eventually became too much. So, I was not doing my best work in either arena.
Finally, one semester I just didn’t sign-up for another one. I figured I needed a break. During that time I came to this epiphany… that college was one of my worst mistakes. I learned from my bosses that they really don’t care about a degree, in fact that usually means the potential employee would be expensive and not try as hard. I certainly wasn’t going back to school.
Here are 10 Reasons NOT to Go to College
1. THE DEBT
Americans have built up a mountain of student loan debt that has soared to $1.45 TRILLION DOLLARS. The cost of going to school has shot up 500% over the last 30 years, with no added value. In fact the value of a degree has decreased.
University dropout (and self-made billionaire), Mark Cuban has stated “our future will include a bursting of the student debt bubble, a significant drop in college tuitions, and an outright collapse of America’s institution of higher learning.”
2. You Need to Start Working ASAP, Not in 4-6 Years
In essence, if you attempt to get a Bachelor’s then you will waste the next 4 to 6 YEARS of your life sitting in class, taking tests, reading unnecessary books and listening to lectures on irrelevant subjects, all day, every day.
By the time you graduate, your peers who went to work right after high school, could own a thriving company or 2!
Can you imagine how well off you’d be if you invested the money you would have wasted in school? If you got an IRA, high yield savings account, stocks, residual income streams or started a company, you would probably be set for the rest of your life!
If you wait till you get a degree before you get into your desired field, you might realize you don’t even like that industry. Thus, wasting many thousands of dollars and multiple years for nothing.
Today needed skills and technologies are advancing in a ferocious speed. There’s no time to write a textbook, setup a curriculum, have people apply for the class and before the students sat down, the information would be old news.
Meanwhile, the self-taught, entrepreneurs are working, fine-tuning their skills, learning by trying, and networking.
3. A Degree Doesn’t Guarantee or Entitle You to Get Your Dream Job
Many people will graduate from college, in the hopes that they get their dream job. Only to realize they can’t get hired and end up moving back to their parent’s house. They find that after all that school they still will struggle to achieve their perfect career because employers aren’t as impressed with their degree as they had hoped.
One of the highest expenses for employers across every industry is on-the-job training. Employers want to hire people with experience, not book smarts.
They don’t tell you these realities in the college’s advertisements. Watch what an honest university’s commercial would look like. It’s funny and so true.
4. We Don’t Need to Know Most of the Things We Learn in the Classroom
Educational institutes don’t teach skills that will help you live a successful, productive life after graduation.
The following important life lessons are free and require no professors:
- Resiliency: Failure is normal, how to get over it.
- Relationships: Business and Personal
- Emotional Coping Skills
- Organizing, planning and following through 101
- Goal setting and attaining
- Win/Win business deals
- Maintaining your home, cars and computers
- Character building
5. University Core Classes Waste Half of Your Education and Your Money
Most of core classes don’t benefit you and have nothing to do with your major. These mandatory courses involve reading irrelevant (on your future career) books, memorizing answers and filling in bubbles on Scantrons. Those activities unnecessary and won’t be used outside of the classroom.
6. Getting an Education Sets You up to Become a Loyal, Hard Working Slave
“The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The moment after you are hired you lose many of your human rights (privacy, speech, and so on), you will scamper around according to your master’s strict agenda, you get punished if you upset them. Your employer wants you to think you’re valuable to the company, but you are just another “human resource” and your boss can replace you like a used tool. You have merged into the faceless mass obeying and worshiping the company owner because he is the reason you get a fixed, minuscule amount of the company’s earnings on payday.
You need that paycheck so you can pay… your student loans.
Kash Shaikh stated on his site besomebody.com that the educational system is broken and is about putting people in boxes, defining you and confining you. It’s about what grades you make, not what difference you make. College is about how well you mimic, mime and memorize, not how much you craft, contribute and create.
7. College is STRESSFUL
The 2nd leading cause of death in college students is suicide. The finals, the exams, the projects, the assignments they all fill up your schedule. If you can’t afford to live in the dorms and you don’t want to live with your parents, then you are going to need a job while still maintaining your grades.
8. The Proof That You Don’t Need a Degree to Become Rich and Successful
Listen to what Elon Musk has to say about getting a degree.
These massively successful leaders do not have a college degree:
- Bill Gates (Microsoft Windows)
- Oprah Winfrey
- Steve Jobs (Apple)
- Mark Zuckerburg (Facebook)
- Elizabeth Arden
- Ralph Lauren
- Russell Simmons
- Brad Pitt
Did you know the founders of WordPress, Dropbox, Spotify, Twitter, Dell, Mattel and Hobby Lobby never wasted time getting a degree?
9. The WORST Way to Make Money Is by Working for Someone Else
In the event that you find employment, you will make the company tons of money but you will receive the same paycheck every week. If your performance starts to dip, you can could be fired at any moment. Isn’t that a comforting thought?
10. Most of the information you need to start your own business is on the Internet.
Become a self-taught expert in your field. There are massive amounts of information on this device you are staring at right now. So, take advantage of YouTube tutorials, on-line courses, websites and e-books so you can learn the skills you need to succeed. FREE! Google how to get started and START.
In the end, if you do or don’t attend college, that is up to you (whether your parents like it or not). Use some time to search for your passion in life. Then follow it.
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