Going or not going to college?
A student wrote to me: “If a college degree is no longer guarantee for a job, why do I need to go to college? I already learned Python and Java from Coursera in a few months. I do NOT need another four years to learn that? Do you think I can get a job in The technology industry now? Please advise.”
Answer: First, I would like you to distinguish the difference between a job and a career. It is possible for you to get a job as a programmer with your programming skills but to move up in a career, you will need more than just coding skills. A job is something you do to make money. A career is a profession that involves special training or formal education where you can work for your whole life. As a programmer, if you decide that is enough and stop learning, you will find yourself in serious trouble when technology changes and your skills are no longer needed.
Second, you go to college to get educated. A college education helps you to acquire knowledge in many subjects, as well as specific knowledge that you are interested in. It helps you to develop the ability to think independently and critically. As a college student, you will discover your own passion for certain subjects as well as learning about yourself and mature to be a responsible person. Today the world is changing rapidly. Most of the good jobs require a college degree where you have more opportunities to choose from.
- Blogs of Prof. John Vu, Carnegie Mellon University