I’m all for education.  I’m a firm believer that you’ll never know enough, and there’s always more to learn.  I’m an avid reader, podcast listener, and continuing education class taker.  Being for education is vastly different than being for college.

I’m not against college.  If a college degree is a necessary educational component of reaching your goals, you should absolutely do everything you can to attend.  Of course I want my doctors and teachers to have extensive educations and the certifications to prove it.

What I am against is blindly throwing eighteen-year-old’s into an undecided major so they can wrack up crippling debt, graduate with a degree they don’t care about, face an impossible job hunt, and live with the looming guilt and frustration that inevitably will follow them around their parents house when they move back in.  We push our high schoolers so hard to attend college right after graduation simply because that’s what everyone does.  The idea that college is the only path to success is tired.

During an educational marketing webinar I attended yesterday, the speaker touched on what to look for in a new hire.  Her first point was that “you don’t need someone who’s got that degree.”  Put yourself in the position of a high school senior.  A highly respected presenter, while speaking to thousands of business owners, opened with “you don’t need someone who’s got that degree.”  After learning that you can make the same salary with a degree as you can without in many fields, would you consider an alternate route to college?  If you could save thousands of dollars and years of your life, would you?

For months we lived in a world of “essential workers.”  College transitioned to online classes, but tuition stayed the same.  Times are changing, and we should adapt by keeping our minds open.  There are many options to explore before settling on doing what everyone else does.

The G5 team is diverse in our educational backgrounds.  We have some team members who attended four years of college, others who attended two, and other who chose to move right into the workforce after high school.  The key similarity we all share is that we chose the path that made us happiest.  We continue to educate ourselves as individuals in ways that work for us so that we can push forward as a team.