This is part 1 of a 2 part series on the future of higher education and career launch.
The real “revolution” in higher education is happening, but most of us are looking in the wrong direction at so-called “alternative” programs.
These “alternative” programs are popping up everywhere, often with a ton of media attention. Many of these are good, many not so good, but none are revolutionary. The “programatic” model, the one that takes 1, 2, 4 years of your life, remains a carryover from the existing university system. They are at best halfway steps.
The real revolution is happening much more quietly. Rather than finding some other program to take the place of school, the people participating in this revolution are asking “why do I need a program at all? Why can’t I create my own program and build my own credential?”
They’re starting businesses, connecting with mentors, curating the best educational resources from all around the world, launching personal projects, getting apprenticeships, working for free, writing books, and developing themselves in novel ways at a much faster pace than a traditional university course or even one of these alternatives allows.
They aren’t shackled to one program, one community, and one syllabus. They have the whole world from which to choose. Instead of purchasing programs, they’re connecting directly directly to the people who are doing the kinds of things they want to do with their lives.
Not only are they getting a world class education at a fraction of the cost, but they’re accomplishing it at an earlier age than we’re typically taught is possible.
Programs of course will always exist, but they will become more and more a la carte over time as people wake up to the reality that they don’t need expensive, lengthy tracked systems to get where they want to go in life.
This is the real revolution and that’s what we’re creating at Pathly. Pathly wasn’t created as an “alternative” to college or any other program or credential.
We’re in an entirely different category altogether and don’t consider the other options “options” at all in most cases because they’re too similar to school.
Most people don’t need 1 or 2 years and a permission slip to start working nor do they need any other expensive and lengthy program that effectively serves as a gatekeeper.
They need highly specific advice and guidance at a few pivotal moments in their career and education, theory backed up by experience, and a creator’s mindset. Everything else is just some variant of the school model in better and worse degrees that costs more time and money than is necessary.
This is where the future of education and work is heading. Individuals, not programs. Don’t miss out.