While colleges are still the primary place to learn about the world and prepare for your career, the value of college education has greatly decreased lately. More and more employers are looking for skills and talents, not diplomas.
Let’s take a look at 5 subjects demonstrating that sometimes university education is completely useless for your career.
Getting a degree in fine arts, whether you are into music, sculpture or performance arts has always been a questionable decision.The biggest problem with it is probably the dependance on your professors’ opinions: art is subjective, after all.
The employment chances are not too high, either. According to the research by Projections Central, employment for artists from 2012 to 2022 in the United States would decrease by as much as 1.5%. And even if you get a job, you probably should not expect to make a fortune: even though famous artists, actors and photorgaphers are millionaires, annual median wage for a photographer in the US was $29,280 in 2013, fine artists made about $42,610.
Most importantly, you do not have to spend 4 years in college to become an artist. Practicing on your own, reading about history of your field of interest and taking a few studio classees could work just as effectively, if you put enough time in creating and performing.
Journalism and Communications
The biggest issue Journalism and Communication majors face is the rapid changes occuring in the media industry today. Newspaper and television industries, on which many journalism classes are focused, are becoming less and less influential, and even the “traditional” websites are switching to new, more social formats. The educators usually can’t keep up with these changes.
If you look at biographies of famous journalists, you will notice that most of them didn’t study journalism at school. Turns out, what matters to the media is your experience, writing and communication skills and ability to see the story. You can still become a journalist or pursue a career in communications without a degree.
Ever wondered why most of the tech superstars, from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, are college dropouts? Much like fine arts, becoming a successful developer or engineer takes a lot of practicing on your own (although the chances of getting of well-paid job after learning Computer Science are definetely higher). If you want to learn how to code, check out free resourses, such as Treehouse or Codeacademy, and start building your own software or websites. Besides, this way you will be able to stay ahead of the latest trends — who knows how many years will pass until your college professors will know about them?
Unemployed Philosophy major, who is quietly contemplaiting existence over a cup of instant noodles has become a cliche in popular culture, and there is a good reason for it.
The only way you can make money after getting a Philosophy degree is teaching philosophy to other people. Unless you are sure that is what you want to do, try reading books on the subject and works by philosophers of the past instead.
Today, with the rise of online education, nearly anyone can become a teacher. All you need is a skill and the desire to share these skills with other people. Joining a teaching platform, starting a teaching channel on YouTube or even creating your own online course can be just as rewarding as teaching the old-school way. And, potentially, this way you are able to impact the lives of millions of people.