College isn't for everyone, and it's about time we come to terms with this fact. Related: 3 Reasons No Experience Will Land You That Dream Job Despite having made the Dean's List, I dropped out of college after my freshmen year. I didn't feel comfortable with the debt I was incurring, and I didn't feel confident that college was adequately preparing me for my future. After dropping out of college, I made a series of unconventional choices that allowed me to flourish in my career with job opportunities at top firms, including a Fortune 10 telecom.
My story goes against conventional wisdom that states that you must have a college degree in order to earn a reasonable wage. The ability to obtain a high paying job without a college degree is more possible now than ever before. The reason for this is simple. Being 'smart' has been de-valued in exchange for being skilled. Back in the day skilled laborers were paid very well. One man's income could support an entire family of five. This was Employment 1.0. Then, the Baby Boomers came along and they flooded college classrooms. White collar careers began booming. This was Employment 2.0. Today, we have a generation of Gen Xer's and Millennials who are caught in a unique moment in history in which knowledge obtained in college has become less valuable. Employers today need employees with technical skills. Enter Employment 3.0. A college education provides students with knowledge, but it rarely provides students with skills. This has led to the largest skills gap in human history, which provides a great segway into how to get a high paying job without a college degree: