Lots of kids who are between high school and college ask me if I think college is worth it. I can understand their concern is a large commitment and a huge price tag.
My college experience
I never did well in any school. School was always very painful to me. I barely graduated high school and while I lived on 3 different college campus’s over 8 years I probably have less then 60 credit hours of college… I have a massive problem with reading comprehension and focusing attention. That and I was a weee bit lazy too…
Classes I did benefit from
If I look at the classes I took in college and what ones I feel benefited me in what I do for a living I would say the business and marketing classes were of by far the biggest benefit to me. Business and marketing tactics are time tested and not much has changed. Everything I learned can be applied to my internet business. It honestly amazes me how basic marketing techniques from the early 1900’s companies I can draw a direct correlation to in what I do for a living. Also most of the professors who taught these business and marketing classes were former CEO’s of companies who have been there and done that. When teaching they often talk about their own businesses and how the topic related to something they did.
I also think there is a lot of value in the fundamental classes (math, history, science, english) but not so sure about at the college level. Obviously I could use more English classes. Its amazing how bad my grammar is when you think about the fact that I grew up in a house with a mother who was a English teacher with masters degree in English. My wife has a minor in English. I dunno it just did not take.
Classes that were a complete waste of time
Every computer related class I took in college was a complete waste of time. But you have to remember I went to college in the mid 90’s to early 2000’s. I am sure a lot has changed. I never took a computer class where I thought the professor knew more then I did. That is a bad start.
All of my computer programing knowledge, which is not that great, but I can understand and hack away at about anything, comes from my own trial an error. I have been scripting for 15+ years.
Personal computers (mainstream wise) have only been around since the early 80’s. Computers and programing languages change so fast its just not possible to keep up in a college. If you want to learn programing in college you should join some club or local user group and be active in that. The education you get there will be cutting edge. Most professors who are teaching programing have no real world experience.
So to answer the question of if college is worth it I would say absolutely. College can teach you a ton. For most people its their first real experience of how the world really works away from their parents. First crazy experiences with money, girls, booze… ahhhh…
Lots of successful online entrepreneurs have MBA’s. Actually if I sit and name off a list of the most successful online people I am friends with I think about 65% have MBA’s. Guess how many have computer programing or MIS related degrees? None… In fact pretty much everyone I know with a programing degree is working for the man. Not that there is anything wrong with that (visions of Seinfeld).
When we interview people we are much more interested in their real world experience then their education. Nobody with a computer science degree has ever worked out with us. Still waiting for someone to prove me wrong. 😉