I think a lot of my generation was sold the, "You have to go to college to do anything good." line. I've been in the workplace 12 years now. I'm a computer programmer but mostly work production support. In my 12 yrs i haven't seen one job that in my opinion required a college degree other than as a formality. Most if not all of the training you need happens on the job. My current manager is less concerned with what you have a degree in as long as you have some experience in the field (but we're not hiring for entry level positions only mid level analysts and whatnot). I think college as it stands right now is a joke. I hope that the next generation as some have mentioned rally against it. I believe college has its place (Law, science, Pharma ect.) but Lib Arts? History? Programming?
So now on to a story:
My mother-in-law worked as the director of learning skills center in one of the community colleges. She managed independent learning, tutoring, individuals with disabilities, special needs, and most night classes for adults were held in her area and organized by her with the teacher. She spent years teaching that a 4yr university isn't right for everyone and that trade schools (School in question has a good mechanics program) is often a much better choice. Fast forward a little bit and I have 4 kids. My 2nd one is not always the best book smart learner. Give her a book to read or a paper math problem to solve and she's a C student. Give her a project or something hands on to do and she'll pull down As all day long. I one time made the comment that i think (said daughter) would do great in electrical or mechanic classes and she should do a trade instead of a 4yr uni. My mother-in-law go so upset and said that no grandchild of hers was going that way.
I've often pondered over this and have basically stopped talking to M-I-L about continuing education for the kids other than for our oldest who is literally off the charts book smarts. I'd love everyone else's thoughts. I wonder if it's back to the generational teaching that everyone needs to go to 4yr even though she taught differently....maybe that was just because it was her job....but i don't think so. I think dispelling the 4yr myth and getting people (Mike Rowe comes to mind) to preach the good of trades is what we truly need.