In this day and age, the higher up you go in education, the higher the probabilities to have a better pay check. It wasn’t long ago when, at least in my country, clerk posts or simple jobs like that needed only a minimum of junior high school education finished. A college degree was seen as the ultimate prize with a bright and wealthy future ahead. Now what? Now… it’s found wanting.
Clerk posts today ask for at least a finished high school. More specialized jobs are coming this way and so, ask for better degrees. Even at times, preferences of certain colleges over others. So not only are businesses and companies pushing for better employees, but people are making an extra effort to get higher and better education. Bottom line is: college isn’t enough AND not everyone can have access to college, let alone graduate or post graduate degrees. So what to do?
It doesn’t just happen here, it happens around the world. Even in the US, less than half the population has a college degree (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/technology/11online.html?src=me&ref=technology) So, how can you (as an entrepreneur or company) expect to have good candidates if there aren’t any? But then again there’s another side of the story. An increasing number of experts are also saying that the few ones that are actually having an education high enough to be worth high posts are in fierce competition against one another because there are few dream jobs.
Meaning? Both supply and demand of education and dream jobs are not enough. However, some individuals have started to move and do something about it. In that same article above from the NY Times, there’s a part where several foundations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are financing virtual programs for college and onwards. Indeed, virtual education is a trend that saves a lot of money and has acceptable effectiveness. I say acceptable because it is still a very new thing and needs refinement. In fact, I myself have a couple of virtual classes in my college and they seem to be fulfilling their purpose quite well.
That’s step 1 toward the betterment of education. But where’s step 1 for the betterment of dream jobs?