In 2001 while I was serving national service, I applied in advance to study for a Bachelor Degree which would commence in 2004. In 2003, I decided to drop out from my degree study and went straight to work in sales. When I think about it again today, I have never regretted my choice. I have learnt a lot of precious experience and knowledge that I would not have gotten if I studied a degree. But if I have time, I would love to study a degree according to my favourite topics such as e-marketing, social media and marketing communications.
Before the Internet and mobile revolution, we always have to rely on the experts to understand certain things. After the revolution, everybody has become an expert suddenly. Whenever we have a question, we will ask Google. Whenever we have a situation, we will ask Google. And when we start seeing difference between an expert and Google results, we will start questioning the expert for what he really knows. As a result, all the fake experts will start to be afraid of the new generation people who use smartphones often. And for the real experts, they will play with the trend by even referencing what Google has said so as to make our lives easier.
At the end of the day, everybody has only 24 hours a day. Everybody can only focus on one thing in their lives if they want to make a living. Focusing on multiple things is also a specialty too. And to top up, they can also get certifications for their education so as to get further credibility in paper.
My answer to you is that education is still not redundant for sure. However, you can still get your dream job without having a degree but you really have to focus on learning all you can about that topic. Also, I don’t think I will want to see a doctor who has not spent almost his entire life studying his specialty.