The problem of universities in the modern world

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Millions of people are constantly in the education system in the pursuit of a degree, whether It is at engineering, humanities, finances and business or many other careers. However, there's something that college and universities don't tell you, and that is that they actually take 4+ years to teach you things you might have already known or that you could have learned in half the time and better via youtube and approaching projects in a practical way plus the fact that when you finish you'll enter a 9 to 5 work that pays less than half what you deserve. This isn't said to take away from the effort you might be putting into your studies and get good grades, though what I really want to tell you is to stop for a moment and consider If the knowledge is really essential for advancing in any path you want to partake on and If the promised future is one you want. That's why in this article I will talk about why taking the conventional road of education and the reasons for why you took It might be detrimental to your development as a professional in the future. Let's begin:

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My story / An uncomfortable truth

I usually don't share my story that much as I consider that I could be adding more value to my readers lives by writing about content that could help them, though in this case I'm just trying to put my point across. I have studied Electronical Engineering for 4 years, studying 7 hours a day approximately and expecting to graduate in the following year. However, due to different factors, such as the pandemics and the low amount of people inscribed I was forced to take virtual classes with simulated circuits instead of creating real ones, feeling like I haven't really learned anything from the field of Electronics I could have learned in online courses and by implementing the knowledge in practical projects. Long story short, If I were an employer I wouldn't hire me just because I have a degree.

Now, you might think that this is different for the rest of careers, and this is true only to a reduced extent in fields such as medicine, though for the vast majority It is not exactly true. If you look at business degree, you'll find that the vast majority of people who study this career path don't actually create businesses themselves, though they work for others, generating much less income than someone who just began a business and keep putting effort into It till It reached a moderated success. The truth about most things is that If you really want to become an expert in them, you should begin creating projects and learning on the go instead of studying and not acting.

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Maybe the Idea of getting into college was yours in the first place, though for most people, this decision wasn't even taken by them. Either It was parents who thought the only way to be succesful in life is going to college, graduating and getting a job, the high school educational system who instilled in you the belief that a university was going to get you somewhere or even financial institutions that were willing to give loans like candy just to set you up for a life of slavery. However, these were the old ways, old ways that even then they weren't even a guarantee you were going to get stability. Nowadays, this vision only prepares you to be constantly depressed and suffering (for the wrong causes) every day from monday to friday while you reminisce for better days. Let's take a more detailed look at what this apocalyptic future looks like:

A puppet for the rest of your life

If you are in a developed country, chances are that upon leaving university you'll have some kind of substantial debt that you should liquidate, for which you will go immediately in the pursuit of a job to pay It. If you're in a developing country in which there are public universities or just in a country that has these benefits, you won't have these kinds of burdens, however, you'll suffer as much with what's to come. Eventually you'll get a job in an entry level position (Because you don't have a portfolio or experience to back up your competence), you will begin to work for a reduced salary and you'll do It religiously for 8 to 12 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week, at the end of day leaving you dry and without much energy to do anything meaningful. Maybe If you keep working for a determined period of time you'll get a raise and with that an increase in your salary, for which you'll also increase your spending. If you stay in this lane, chances are you'll eventually fall in love, start a family and then you'll have to work harder in order to maintain It, leaving you in that trap for 40+ years until you finally can retire when you are too old to enjoy life. Does this sound familiar to you?

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I also don't like to end things in such a negative tone, though this is just a word of caution for people who might think college is not for them, and don't get me wrong, I consider the work of all professional as valuable and necessary (Think of a world without doctors), though what I don't agree with is to see so much people suffer at something they hate and waste all their potential to generate value. I'm also thinking of making this a series, so If you want to see how you can have a better future without taking this path of life, let me know. Thank you for your support and good luck!

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