Virtually every professional domain has been positively impacted by the tremendous progress in technology development in the last three to four decades. Yet, most companies' workplace still reflects the dynamics you can see in a 40's movie. It is taking a global pandemic to make people re-evaluate the processes and methods we have inherited and perpetuated.
The education system was designed to create professionals that can
It is the roadmap created to support manufacturing jobs and has been adjusted and calibrated over two centuries.
The world we live in today is very different from the one found by innovators trying to modernize textile manufacturing in the early 18th century in Manchester City. They had to find a way to quickly transform farmers into machine operators. To teach them how to understand instructions and perform sequential tasks in a timely and accurate manner. As the industrial revolution expanded and increased demand for labor in other domains, professionals' training also grew, and so did the education curriculum.
Fast forward two hundred years, and we have ended up with 12 years of primary education, followed by 4 to 8 years of generic professional training. It is now the pattern found in most countries today, give or take one or two years.
After investing about 20 years of your life, you will be ready to perform a job very few organizations require. Only 27% of college graduates can work on jobs related to their major in school. The abilities employers need today are not the ones you have been taught. To make things worse, the activities you will be required to perform when you find a job are not the ones you envisioned when you started school. The learning curve can be quite steep and involve performing tasks you dislike or were not prepared for. Consequently, about 130 million people (or 85% of the workforce in the United States) reported being frustrated with their jobs in a survey conducted by Gallup in 2017.
The cost of education continues to increase, so does the pressure from family and society for you to get a diploma. New schools are created every year, offering more affordable ways to get a professional degree, not necessarily on something you like or the market needs. They often come with financing options that allow you to start quickly, not considering the mid-long-term consequences. Therefore, creating USD 1.4 trillion in combined student debt only in the United States is perpetuated by 20 million new college enrollments every year.