Formal education will get you only so far…

We all know the “cinderella” stories of college dropouts who became billionaires and super successful entrepreneurs – yes, might have happened. But I don’t buy too much into these stories. I believe former education is important, I believe learning is important and I believe learning doesn’t stop after school. Ideally it will never stop. There is this saying – formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune.

We spend roughly 8-10 years at school, some of us spend 3 years at University to get an undergrad degree, further 1-2 years to get a Master’s and some even a couple of more years to do a PhD.

By the time we enter the workplace we have to completely restart and start learning again. This time the stuff we really need for the workplace. Whatever we learnt in school or University will only get us that far. We will be compared with people who have worked in the job, the industry, the company longer and got therefore more on-the-job experience.

I am wondering isn’t it finally time to revolutionise, to disrupt formal education? Rather learning how to interpret a poem, how to tell people in english and french what’s in my pencil case or what someone’s pet is named shouldn’t our formal education help us better

  • how to set goals and how to achieve them
  • how to believe in ourselves
  • how to be grateful
  • how to be mindful
  • how to push our boundaries
  • how to create a brand
  • how to deal with money and how to make a tax refund
  • to learn cross-cultural competence
  • to embrace change, curiosity and challenges
  • why self education is essential and we must never stop learning
  • ….

Which things are you missing?