I don't have a post secondary education, having left high school in grade 11. However having worked alongside with, directed, and trained a number of graduate students I know the skills I've gained in my 25 years of work experience are sizable and with merit. (Computer and technical fields, specializing in system and server administration, geographic information systems, and a few small forays into programming.)
It wouldn't really be appropriate to start off at ground zero, 1st year computer science for example, but if launch in at a higher level I'd probably drown in some pothole or other of missing assumed knowledge. I know there are holes in my learning.
I'm wondering if there's a place or service a person could go to and find out what they don't know. Preferably online because I live thousands of kilometres from any major urban centre.
I don't have a particular end game in mind, other than some sort of computer degree or high level technical certification because that's where I have the most skills to trade on. I don't give a hoot about letters after my name, but others do, so lets get me some. A bit ago I didn't make the short list on a job I applied for, "high school drop out" being heard louder than the years of experience. Soon after the successful candidate asked me for advice on how to do the work. :-/
When I floated this question on meta alternate phrases suggested included:
- How to best fill my educational gaps?
- Is it worth the time to fill educational gaps after 25 years of work?
- Would it increase opportunities in my career to get a degree after 25 years?
These are good and I want to know those answers, but it's the title phrasing which is most important to me. I still want to know where I don't know. I like learning for it's own sake and will make effort to remediate the gaps regardless of whether I decide to carry through to degree or certification.