Is the end of needing a piece of paper coming?
Two things influenced my mind on this subject. One, was this episode of Ask Noah in which he mentions someone who learned SQL on Youtube and is now making over $70K. Another is, in talking to a coworker, he mentioned how there are more and more quality lectures available online. He thinks this will lessen the need for a degree.
On the later, I’m skeptical. One reason is that many companies want a piece of paper, irregardless of if it is germane to the job posted. An example comes to mind that a company here, in a job listing, said that minimum of an associates degree is desired. The job? Lawn maintenance. You need a piece of paper to ride the mower! Another example is a guy I know that had worked for his company in manufacturing for many years. He would adjust and modify parts frequently. An engineering post was open and he inquired. He was told that he needed a degree to do what he had been doing already for years. Now, I could understand, that for one reason or another, that an engineering degree would be required. He was told to go to the local community college and get any associates degree and he could have the post. What sense does that make?
As to the former, learning online, I can see that working if you are looking to be self employed. I just don’t see a company being impressed with Youtube U.
What are your thoughts or experience?