Once your major becomes obsolete

“Since we do not know what the job market will look like in 2030 or 2040, already today we have no idea what to teach our kids. Most of what they currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are forty. Traditionally, life has been divided into two main parts: a period of learning followed by a period of working. Very soon this traditional model will become utterly obsolete, and the only way for humans to stay in the game will be to keep learning throughout their lives, and to reinvent themselves repeatedly. Many if not most humans may be unable to do so.” ~ Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

I’m taking an online marketing seminar this summer that costs $300. It promises to be more valuable than a traditional college marketing class, which, at minimum, costs $1,000.

Of course, the real reason the seminar is more valuable is because I’m interested in taking it. I was not interested in learning about marketing when I was in college. At that time, a college marketing class would have been worthless to me.

College degrees are highly correlated with earning potential, and young people still need professors to guide their learning. But more and more, college is only a gateway to further learning, which will be critical in the coming decades.

No, not critical — absolutely essential.

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