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    Gap year?
    Or bypassing college for an early start in a career?

    From Gunn to Google: Meet Stanley Zhong, the 18-year-old college reject who landed every techie’s dream job
    by Ashwini Gangal
    Mon, Oct 23, 2023
    Palo Alto Online
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    After being denied admission by 16 colleges, Zhong got hired by Google. Now the teenager is using his newfound fame to push for more transparency in the college admission process

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    He is reportedly uncertain about his plans. It's quite possible he may actually learn more 'on the job'. In some fields, a degree is little more than a formality. My youngest wants to be a high school maths teacher. She will have to enrol in a four year degree, no doubt filled with ideas on pedagogy (the main course lecturer, at the university my youngest is considering, is a primary maths teacher who admits she is rusty at the higher levels of maths), but the reality is that many high school maths teachers cannot teach beyond advance level Yr 12 maths and uni students, like my son, are in high demand to tutor high school students who undertake extension maths (which is part of the high school syllabus), since the most able mathematicians don't often take up teaching as a main career. My son is also studying advanced programming at uni as part of an engineering degree and the vast bulk of learning is solving problems which are presented (he doesn't attend tutorials as they are optional and only for those having difficulty completing exercises), so I can't see how this is really any different from learning on the job. The multiple college rejections Zhong received may prove to have been serendipitous.

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