Frederick Douglas, American abolitionist and speaker; Mukul Deva, Indian writer, speaker, and coach; and Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, are all examples of highly successful autodidacts. An autodidact is a person who is either partially or completely self-educated.
Today many Americans are turning to self-education as the financial and personal toll of standard college education has grown to an unreasonable cost. Eighty-one percent of the population agrees that education is making a necessary shift to autodidacticism, and over 50% of Gen Z’s do not believe that a college degree is necessary for success in our society. Given the fact that 73% of college graduates do not end up working in their field of study, it makes sense that our perspective on education is changing.
As of 2020, the most popular fields that are often self-taught are coding developers, data analysts, and marketing. Forty-two percent of Americans use free online resources to retrain for work and 31% of US employees are upskilling online for free.
Although there are certainly some fields, such as medical, that still require a more standardized approach to education, that method is simply not the only option. Free education is at our fingertips. It’s up to us to take advantage of it.
Learn more about how to give yourself a college level education online for free in the infographic below: