A college education isn’t just for the fresh out of high school crowd. Adults that have been creating their niche in the workforce are going back in droves.
Why? For starters, as technology changes, so does the landscape of many jobs. You may need training to learn skills needed for a career change.
But should you go back to college? There is more than one way to extend your knowledge base in your field. Unless the company you want to work with requires it, why not be self-taught instead of going into debt?
Learning the newest developments and understanding what is coming on the horizon can help make you indispensable to peers, bosses and clients.
Furthering your education can give you the chance to update your credentials professionally, get a handle on new software and applications, and put you in the running for a higher income.
What is Autodidacticism?
Autodidacticism, also known as autodidactism, simply means being self-taught. You have the internet at your fingertips, so why not use it to learn what you need?
Fortunately, except for some major corporations, many of the top-paying careers today do not require formal college or university degrees. So skip the expense and speed up your path to success.
What Type of Careers Do Not Require Degrees?
Many data analysts, coders, and marketers did not get a college degree or have a degree that isn’t related to their careers. Data analysts and business analysts can be paid extremely well.
Successful marketers are in demand and can command top salaries.
Benefits of Getting a College-Level Education Free Online
Self-learning can be many times faster than going to college. Classes are like being spoon-fed bits of information. But worse, you have to take required courses you may have no interest in that will not add to your ability to make a living.
The very best benefit of all, though, is not taking on huge amounts of debt. That is especially important in uncertain times like today.
Originally published Dec 20, 2014; updated 7/29/21 with current information and to add a new infographic.
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