With two children in high school, the thought of what they’ll choose for careers and how they’ll achieve those dreams are always on my mind.
The other day, a friend and I were discussing that my son and I will be going on his first college visits soon and that is when he asked me, “As a consultant, do you think it is a viable career option for someone graduating from High School? Do you think they even need a college degree if they want to do nothing but freelancing?”
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot and I know that my gut answer is that of course you do not need a college degree to be a successful freelancer.
Throughout my career I’ve never had someone ask for my educational credentials when I pitch them on doing work. I doubt many people ever have.
That isn’t to say that I don’t think a college education is important. I’m an Adjunct Professor at Bentley University so obviously I think a degree is an important part of a successful career.
In today’s world though there are many careers that don’t require it. Especially with the variety of online and distance learning options now available.
Once you have those skills, you can set up your online footprint (including a profile here on Digaboom I hope) and then start finding clients.
When you pitch for new work, clients are going to want to see your work, not your diploma.
I know this is topic that is sure to spark debate, but I wonder how often a life as a freelancer is even talked about over the dinner table between parents and children.
We already work in a borderless world where technology empowers teams to work together no matter their location.
As technology continues to improve and work evolves, I have a feeling that more people are going consider freelancing as a viable career choice.
Unlike a new hire candidate who is expected to come in with a certain set of things on their resume, freelancers arrive with a different set of things looked for in their proposal.
College is important for a lot of reasons, but if you plan to live the life of a freelancer there are other options.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.