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Andrew Mitson has been featured twice in Forbes 30 under 30 for all his amazing achievements. Having studied in the London School of Economics after leaving school at 16 and self teaching his A Levels, Andrew has also taught there, winning LSE Class Teacher Award. Andrew worked and founded many companies such as InstaCourse, Up Learn and UniRise.
What made you want to go into the industry and what was the journey like?
During his time in school, at the age of 16 he decided to drop out and start working on a product called the “cable stable”. This was the start of his entrepreneurship journey. Although that wasn’t successful, so he decided to study for his A Level exams in order to further study at university. He did so well that he got offers from Cambridge and LSE. His success made him realise how important and great e learning is. In his third year of university, he founded UpLearn which was an online platform for A Level candidates. Fast forward many start ups, at the age of 23 he realised how overwhelmed he was and it was all followed by a great loss in his family. Since then he has been travelling and exploring what he likes.
Having a lot of experience with education, what can a student do to overcome challenges with COVID19?
Andrew suggested that the biggest challenge that students face right now is the lack of social interaction. In the long run, he thinks that being online will be more beneficial. The beauty of online learning is that kids can do it at their own pace. If there is something you don’t understand, you can always rewind and learn it again. He thinks that students should embrace this challenge.
To what extent would you advocate going to university for the experience seeing as fees are rising?
Andrew thinks that it is still important to go to university as there is no real alternative for this experience. During university you make insane relationships that are worth so much. He would recommends going to a university that holds a name because that will still be valuable. If you are unable to do so, it is difficult to justify the price.
If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t prematurely optimize.