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The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills

By CNBC

No one school can ever insulate its students from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption. The result: new, nontraditional education options are beginning to proliferateRead full story

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  • I sort of agree and hope things means a bright future for community and technical colleges. Where I think the author is overly reductionist, is discounting the skills taught in undergrad and graduate programs, both technical like computing, lab work and writing, and discipline, multitasking, and interpersonal skills.

  • College education is being commoditized. And at quite a hefty cost. If you can’t stand out, you stand to lose out.

  • David Landau
    David LandauManaging Partner

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    “Rapid technological change, combined with rising education costs, have made our traditional higher-education system an increasingly anachronistic and risky path. The cost of a college education is so high now that we have reached a tipping point at which the debt incurred often isn't outweighed by future earnings potential.

    Yet too often, degrees are still thought of as lifelong stamps of professional competency. They tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that

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    “Rapid technological change, combined with rising education costs, have made our traditional higher-education system an increasingly anachronistic and risky path. The cost of a college education is so high now that we have reached a tipping point at which the debt incurred often isn't outweighed by future earnings potential.

    Yet too often, degrees are still thought of as lifelong stamps of professional competency. They tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that work — and the knowledge it requires — is static. It's not...

    Freelancers, the fastest-growing segment of the workforce, realize more than most that education doesn't stop. It's a lifelong process, and they are nearly twice as likely to reskill... new nontraditional education options are proliferating. Often laser-focused on the most in-demand skills, would-be college students can now enroll in campus-based, project-focused institutions, like the Holberton School (where I'm a trustee) or online programs such as e-learning sites like Coursera or Udemy.”

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