You may have disagreed with my concerns about people necessarily having to go to college in our society because maybe in your life, college was really a life-changing experience. You might have thought that you wanted to pursue a particular career, but a particular college class put you in an entirely different direction that you haven’t regretted for a minute.
I’m glad that you found your true passion as a result of perhaps a particular class or professor. That is a wonderful thing.
However, there is no reason that that could not happen in a variety of other ways. Keep in mind that I am advocating for a general culture of learning where people are personally motivated to learn what they are interested in, but also one where a college degree is not the only way to prove your worth to an employer. It would be possible to be trained for specific jobs if that is where you feel you are called to go.
The training process for a particular career would be much shorter than a four-year degree with much less cost. As a result, this would in fact allow people to pursue their passions more easily because they would not be saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of debt at the beginning of their careers. Rather, someone might begin their career to be an accountant, but after a few years decide that is not where she wants to spend the rest of her career. She will think about what she wants to do, and she might decide that she wants to become an auto mechanic. Without all of this debt, it will be possible to have the financial resources to pursue this alternative path and gain the appropriate training.
College is not the only place that life can change. Life can change any time, and just because some people do change their entire life plan because of a college class does not mean that that change could not have happened somewhere else.
In fact, college is a very expensive way to change your mind, and there are plenty of people who go to school only to find out that they really don’t find fulfillment in the career they thought they would. However, at this point, they have so much debt that there is no way to pursue something else. There is no reasonable way to get alternative training because you need to work so many hours to pay the bills that you have accumulated from college. Again, college is a perfect option for people who want to expand the limits of human knowledge, but it is a very expensive means of technical job training especially for jobs that you might not even like down the road. If you want to make a career of researching and trying to innovate, college makes sense. If you want to do a particular job, then it seems to me that having a less intensive system that provides the appropriate training for specific careers would be a more cost-effective and flexible way to help more people pursue their passions and find rewarding careers.