It’s always worthwhile to consider what you want to learn.  There are certain ways to learn all of these things.  The typical paths are defined educations through a university or vocational school.  I’ve been through a few schools now and I can say that they are very good at churning out the same type of student.  I’m not trying to disparage this effect, just saying that schools teach the same thing to everyone.

So when you get a degree in graphic design, you’ll walk out with the same skills as most other people in that same program.  The question belies, what separates all of them?  There are multiple things, but the first is the school.  Going to Elmer’s School of Photoshop held in his garage compared to, say, the Art Institute of Minneapolis will bring up different connotations for different people.  The funny thing is that the skills necessary to be truly magnificent at a craft are being disintermediated to public knowledge.  It’s a long process, but it is happening.  In 20 years, the value of a brand for an institution will have lessened greatly.  The number of people creating their own knowledge base will have grown.  There are still huge issues with recognition and value with the self taught, but that will grow as well.

the_thinkerThe abstract learning path is something that intrigues me greatly.  The ability to learn on your own time and with your own purpose is a powerful idea.  For example, I’m reading  a few books on investment as well as cash flow and finance strategy now due to knowing it’s an important piece of my future.  The ability to choose what I deem valuable from a broad source of information is empowering.  And there sits the issue, if learning on your own is more fun (or can  be for some people) how can we learn to embrace abstract education within our society?  Is it possible?  I’m really not sure.

Without regard to that question, I strongly urge you to take up learning on your own time with something completely new and fun.  I plan to pick up Spanish again soon after college and multiple other disciplines later on.  The brain needs exercise too, and running in an open field offers multiple rewards beyond running race.