So many aspects of our modern lives and the way society is structured are taken for granted, and we just assume things are the way they are because they have to be that way. This series of posts looks at a few of the hidden assumptions we commonly make about education.
You Have To Go To College If You Want A Good Job
This conventional wisdom of the baby boom era is erroneous in two ways:
1. It is no longer true that you have to go to college to get a “good job”
2. It is no longer true that you have to get a “good job” to have a successful, exciting, satisfying, or rewarding career.
“What do you want to do?” is no longer synonymous with “What job do you want to have?”, but can more and more be answered quite literally:
“I want to go on adventures”
“I want to write”
“I want to make art”
“I want to help people discover themselves”
“I want to photograph wildlife”
“I want to heal people”
“I want to make people laugh”
“I want to create companies”
“I want to teach”
Any of these or countless similar aspirations can indeed form the foundation of a successful career. Just as the huge lumbering dinosaurs were replaced by small, nimble, and adaptable mammals as environmental conditions changed, the changing technological environment and the resultant diffusion of the means of economic productivity is causing the huge, monolithic organization to become extinct, quickly to be replaced by tiny start-ups and independent solo operators.
These days you can be a freelance just-about-anything, and the opportunities to create a totally new career from scratch are only limited by the restrictions on the human imagination. From 16-year-old sailors circumnavigating the globe, to 17-year-old nuclear physicists, to whole families bicycling around the world, more and more lifestyle pioneers are showing us all that life can be about so much more than getting a “good job” – if you want it to be.