This article appeared recently in The Atlantic.
The Economy Is Still Terrible for Young People: The era of the overeducated barista is here to stay. College graduates are still spending more and more years (and money) to get worse and worse entry-level jobs.
The article goes on to discuss how college grads, based on the data, are underemployed, either working multiple part-time jobs or finding jobs that don’t require a college degree. Gasp! I would shit a brick if I had loan repayments looming and the only career available was beneath my education level.
I continue to harp on this topic because despite the data, everyone still seems to want to follow the status quo. Send Johnny to college. Most people raise their eyebrows when I say defiantly that I will not pay for my son to go to college. He will have to find and fund his own way–like these kids. Very young adults (driven and ambitious) are making their way to San Francisco and Silicon Valley and working for tech–where youth is a badge of honor. It’s pretty awesome.
Some of these kids are Thiel Fellows, brainiacs awarded a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to forego college, hone their craft, and solve real-world problems. Peter Thiel, who established the fellowship, founded PayPal and is one of the most respected investors in the Valley. I think it says a lot that despite doing his undergrad and getting a law degree from Stanford, Thiel believes that our youth’s educational interests are best served outside of the classroom!
Still with me?
When I read about Make School, I almost burst into song. A tech-focused college alternative, Make School is (drum roll please) free! How is that possible? The program takes a cut of your internship and first two years wages after graduating. That means if you don’t get an internship or you end up working at Starbucks, they make nothing. This, people, is the future of education. No false promises from glossy campus brochures. It’s all about fucking results. Can I get an AMEN?!