Gone are the days when you had to study and have a bachelor degree in order to snatch a well-paid job. And that degree was also giving you access to a different crowd, raising your status.
Nowadays it’s overrated. It’s a thing of the past. There are so many decently paid, if not really well paid professions that don't require having a higher education. A lot of technical positions require a minimum certification in one specific field.
The educational system has seen a tremendous change throughout the past twenty years. It has been completely redesigned to create obedient workers, not critical thinkers. Everything has been broken down into small bits. Thus whatever an engineer was able to do all by himself, now it requires a minimum of six other people. Before, students were taught how to deal with a problem, or a project from A to Z. Today, each one is a called a “specialist” and knows nothing more than his tiny segment, that has been taught to him during the span of a couple of months certification course.
Also, with the arrival of the Internet and its development, there are so many niches that opened to anyone who had an idea or saw an opportunity to exploit. For example, marketing internet is only one of the branches that had an incredible expansion within the past ten years.
The online jobs offer a lot of never before sought benefits, such as working from home, from abroad, from anywhere in the world. This type of work lead to the creation of joint projects, where brilliant minds from all around the world, were able to work together, without having to relocate. Companies are saving a lot of money by replacing their employees with online workers. Fewer bills to pay for the office, less space required and obviously less money spent on visas, transportation and all the proper documentation for sponsoring a foreign skilled worker.
Recently, I met a Welsh couple who was on the road for the past seven months. Both of them were freelancers, with a background in journalism and literature. After a decade of working for the university they graduated, they decided to change their lives. They took a leap of faith and joined the freelance world. She writes press releases and website content, while her husband creates websites. Their new jobs enable them to travel and work in the same time. They confessed they were far happier since they left their university positions.
This wouldn't have been possible without the existence of the Internet. The stepped into a new era, where technology improved our life considerably. I wonder what would be like in twenty other years from now on.