Online education

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With online education on the rise, exacerbated by the pandemic, we can see that the cost of university is merely for a diploma—a piece of paper, because whatever we want to learn, we can do it for free through YouTube or articles written by passionate professionals. We can also do it at a cost on reputable websites like LinkedIn Learning and Skillshare.

This was true before the pandemic and its arrival highlighted it.

The only reason to pay for a piece of paper is to practice a profession that required a certificatio to be part of an order, like a registered nurse, a doctor, a lawyer, etc.

It's easy for me to say all this, because I have first hand experienced with all three paths:

  • education that leads to a useless piece of paper (design de l’environnement)
  • education that leads to a useful piece of paper (respiratory therapy)
  • self-taught education without paper (web development)