The question of whether education matter for freelancers was posed to people in the career. A survey that was conducted by Freelance switch showed an interesting 44 percent of the respondents saying that they were self-taught and never received a university education. That then created a basis of the people who had to contribute on the issue. The people featured in the poll were 3200 in total.
Almost half people as saying that they had no university education is thus a large number and we could be landed to a conclusion that is rather interesting. Three questions emerged that had to be passed over to people for a debate about education for freelancers. They were as follows; do freelancers need college education or technical training for their success? Then, ‘Are there differences between self-taught freelancers and freelancers with formal education? And finally does formal education add for freelancers? The debate got a large following and so many responses emerged as follows.
One confessed to have had college education and joined freelancing full time for 3 years now. He said that technical experience in his view mattered most in an industry and did not find any addition for freelancers.
Another one said that he started being a freelancer while he joined college. Five years later without a degree, there was massive work for him and there never found anything in addition attributed to education for his freelancing work. His views are that a degree would be a matter of personal accomplishment rather than improving on freelancing career.
Yet another one pointed out freelancing is not basically a knowledge base d career as law and doctors are, in fact it is all about inspiration. Another voice added a similar comment pointing out that creative professionals do not require certification as doctors do. Then there is too little added by formal education.
More confession added that when people join freelancing from formal education, they still needed more on- the- job training and therefore had to come in not armed will adequate skills for freelancing he went ahead to point out that there are many successful freelancers out there who had dropped out of school early.
A cautious voice pointed out that it would depend on the industry. Going ahead to clarify further, the voice pointed out Publishing as an example pointing out that minimum BA in English or Journalism would be required for one to excel. Another one also agreed it depended on which area one was to cover and therefore no one can rule out formal education completely for success of a freelancer. The debate swayed further in favor of education would matter in some circumstances.
Interestingly, one pointed out, the problem may not be with the ability of a freelancer who had not been in formal education butt the analysts who happen to be that clients., He argues that clients would view a person who had formal education as committed and determined to do the work and therefore chances are that one would go for an educated freelancer.
Another one had a field experience in freelancing and pointed out that with a degree; probably you will earn more projects with big organization unlike in small projects where his academic qualifications do not matter most. Therefore as to caution he believes that education does not matter much in the freelancing career, people with formal education are viewed favourably by big organizations and therefore likely to earn much higher.
Another view from a non-freelancer points out that although a degree may open the door to an organization, what matters is how you do your work. The main challenge is always in the field. Your earnings especially when it comes to projects will be determined by the output.
Another one proposed that formal education was important for some skills that are important in the freelancing career. Much as he agrees that you can never be taught on being creative, you can be taught to say, on how to use software, how color, fonts and images can be done. Therefore a person combining general knowledge and formal education can be well positioned for success than the one who only relies on creativity. A creative person who has formal education stands in a better position.
Yet another person who is a freelancer but holds a degree in unrelated field he works on pointed out that he can count on the education he received. Pointing out he learn the importance of deadlines, goal setting and knowing his weaknesses and strengths and how he can compensate on weaknesses. These are skills vital in freelancing.
Clear analysis to the contributed work on the issue of the position of formal education and freelancing still shows that even if the poll were to be conducted today as a yes or no answer, quite evenly we would get similar results., that is those in favour and those dissenting would almost be equal.
However, what emerges clearly is, you will never be taught in class to be creative. You thus can succeed in the freelancing career having learnt on your own. It has also emerged clearly that as a first timer freelancer most likely a person with university degree is likely to be preferred by clients especially the big ones like companies; this however would latter change when one works on a project. Finally, the ideal preferred candidate would be the one who combines both the formal education and is creative. It therefore means that as much as freelancing will exist, formal education cannot force out the creative self-learned freelancers.
what do you think ?