Different Ways to Invest In Yourself (that aren't college)

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Considering alternatives to college in the digital age.

Time, cost, and result are self-explanatory. Enjoyability Rating is the level of enjoyment that one gets in the actual practice. Confidence Rating is the level of how ready you feel you are to tackle the workplace after finishing.

1. Traditional College Degree

  • Time: 4 years
  • Cost: $40,000 - $200,000
  • Result: Piece of paper, network of people in the same unemployed boat as you
  • Enjoyability Rating: 1/5
  • Confidence Rating After Completion: 1/5

2. 3 Online courses (Udemy, CreativeLive, etc.) + 6 self-lead monthly projects + 6 month unpaid internship

  • Time: 1 year
  • Cost: Online courses (basic, intermediate, and advanced) = $300-2500
  • Result: experience w/ branding, coding, designing, filming, marketing, PR, and a strong professional community around each online course
  • Enjoyability Rating: 4/5
  • Confidence Rating After Completion 5/5

3. Attending 4 industry conferences + 50 books + 4 self-lead projects

  • Time: 1 year
  • Cost: $500 per conference and $10 per book = $2000 + $500 = $2500
  • Result: Strong network of industry professionals, portfolio of 4 projects, and applied knowledge = real confidence
  • Enjoyability Rating: 3/5
  • Confidence Rating After Completion: 4/5