The days of needing to attend a traditional four-year university are quickly becoming a thing of the past. As Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn coined it, “Increasingly I hear this mantra: skills, not degrees.” This mantra is expanding our perspective, encouraging students and companies alike to look beyond degrees. We’re seeing more and more alternative institutions that are setting students up for successful career paths. We’re also seeing more affordable and time efficient programs that cater to learners from diverse backgrounds. In this piece we’ll explore why these programs are seeing success.
The sheer cost of a traditional college experience has proven to be unsustainable for many. Students in the U.S. currently owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Ryan Craig writes in his new book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives To College, “Every year the cost of a four-year degree goes up and the value goes down. For many students there is a better answer.”
Students seeking to further their education are now looking more closely at the return on investment (ROI) of their schooling rather than attending a four year institution simply due to convention. Jobs requiring technological skills are increasingly common across all sectors. Thus, programs that emphasize technical training skills are becoming more popular because they offer an appealing ROI.
At Holberton School, our mission is to provide high quality education for the many. We’re doing this by implementing a blind application process coupled with a deferred tuition model. In addition to cultivating an accessible education experience, our program prepares students to succeed in a professional environment. The Holberton experience is rooted in peer learning and a project-based curriculum that is developed and updated in collaboration with industry professionals. Holberton students are securing positions at top companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Tesla, and Pinterest, to name a few. We think this is directly correlated to the quality of our curriculum.
Increasingly, well-known companies are willing to forego the requirement that all potential employees need to have a four-year degree. This shift in industry has created a new landscape for job seekers and makes candidates emerging from alternative programs like Holberton School competitive with graduates of four-year institutions. Programs like Holberton School offer career opportunities to people who may previously have been excluded from the job market due to not having a four-year college degree. At Holberton, we're proud to contribute to this trend of high-quality and ROI-focused training programs.
This is a sponsored post by Holberton School.