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Do-It-Yourself Education: Is This Really a Thing?


Just as school is starting again, a first-of-its-kind global survey is providing unique perspective on education-straight from learners and students themselves.

It’s revealing that technology and the changing economy are driving people to personalize their learning more than ever before, with “do-it-yourself” education.

“The is a major change going on with education.  People are changing jobs more frequently and life changes.  They need to re-skill and up-skill with online learning,”said Deirdre Latour, Pearson’s Chief Corporate Affairs. “Gen Z are not sure and knows learning is important, but they are trying to figure out if college is the right fit…is it worth the financial stress.”

Pearson, the world’s learning company, is about to release the results of its first ever study in 19 countries surveying more than 11,000 people ranging in age from 16 to 70, collecting their views on primary, secondary and higher education; careers and the future of work; and technology.

The Global Learners Survey’s top findings include:

  • Gen Z thinks you can be successful without a college degree.
  • China, India, Brazil and Hispano America are outpacing the US and UK in the up-skilling race and defining a new global economy.
  • The 40 year career is dead, replaced by more diverse career paths, making learning at all ages a necessity.