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Dec 15, 2017
Instead of going to university or TAFE or any other education post high school. Could you develop your own course and self lean it at home. And some how still getting an qualification. What I mean is you get to lean the topics that you wanna learn because your teaching your self. E.g. physics but you only want to learn that you wanna learn the electricity side of thing but not the other stuff


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Oct 11, 2018
Austin, Texas, USA
If you could do that then nobody will go to university/TAFE and just claim that they "self-learnt" it at home. How would the employer know who actually knew their stuff? They're not going to spend their time to make an exam for them just to find out. Instead, they're going to want them to prove that they know their stuff by sitting an externally recognized exam. They're also going to want them to sit multiple exams in different areas to show that they know a wide variety of things. Now, what I just described is essentially university/TAFE. Getting a degree shows the employer that you've studied relevant courses, and that by passing those courses in a degree, it demonstrates that you at least have a general understanding of those subjects.

Note that this doesn't apply for every degree/job. For certain industries such as design, you might get by without a qualification, but instead had an impressive portfolio of work you've done that shows what you're capable of. If you don't even have that, then the employer's just taking you at your word that you "self-studied", which no employer is ever going to do unless you say you'll demonstrate your skills by working for free for a bit.

For more concrete jobs that require a strong educational background, such as say, a physics researcher, you're not going to get a job without a PhD. A bachelors wouldn't even be sufficient, let alone claiming to be "self-educated". So a zero chance of success there for your physics example.

The only university-educated job I could think of that wouldn't necessarily require a qualification is probably IT/software/computer science. If you can demonstrate in your interview that you know what you're talking about, then there's a reasonable chance that they won't care about your lack of qualifications. However, demonstrating this typically means you've got some job experience in this area, or maybe have some portfolio of personal projects you've done which you could showcase to them. E.g. you could've been working at McDonalds serving customers, and then one day you decided to (with the permission of your boss) update their software.

"Self-studying" will generally not be acceptable in 99% of cases.
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