What is the actual value of college? Yes, it widens our social and professional networks. Yes, we learn how to be a bit more responsible. Yes, we get a chance to explore interests and learn fundamentals. We might even learn something that has a shelf life longer than 6 months.
One of the big values, though, for young people is being able to put the university’s name down on your resume. College is a signal (an expensive one). It’s one type of signal that shows you are serious about doing things that matter. Employers notice.
But there is another signal we can use. It’s the signal of ability instead of achievement. And what if we could get that skill faster and for less money?
What if we could get “the signal” in 6 months and for tens of thousands less? What if we could get launched into the new world of work faster? The future of work isn’t more degrees, it’s more ability. Whether you lead people or work on product, ability will matter ever more in the years ahead.