Student loans, lack of hard and soft skills, and a crappy job market. As a Millennial I keep wondering what the future will hold for our generation. I see a huge gap between what is being taught in schools and what people are actually using to make a living.
It looks bleak doesn’t it? At first glance
YES, OMG WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO? *PANIC ATTACK* GAH
But let’s look at something a little closer. Because I don’t want to sound like the broken record of mainstream media. In the 2 years I have been at a community college I have learned so much and experienced some of the most life changing events I ever had. WIthout student loans and tons of debt.
What did I do?
- Worked with an ed-tech startup
- Interned at a PBS Station and helped with a Chicago Production
- Helped in the creation of an NGO getting volunteers to teach in China
- Self-Published, Sold, and Distributed my own zines
- Made a presentation to a multi-million dollar corporation for a startup
- Consulted with international entrepreneurs on social media presence
How in the world did I get to do these things and more?
DIYing my education and surrounding myself with change makers.
I followed what I needed in my life at the moment. I blogged since the end of high school but wanted to take it to the next level, what did I do? I read lots of books and jumped from Blogger to WordPress.
I thought changing platforms is not enough I should really learn more about business and social media – BOOM – registered for the Life and Biz Academy taking it from a holistic approach.
I followed the practical needs for the moment and learned as I went. At the same time, I was taking my community college classes for film but decided that DIYing that as well would be better. I still am grateful for the connections and lessons I learned going to community college – and it’s still one of the best community resources!
How can you start DIYing your education?
- Ask yourself what you would love to know or learn right now.
- Ask yourself what is a sustainable way I could learn that?
- Check out the resources available for you right now – library, meetup group, community college, scholarships, online programs?
Let me know what you want to learn about!