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Breaking college news from inside college planning meetings
Departments of Education nationally with colleges, business and industry are rolling out new planning. The best of those new tools are here.
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Top Job & Career Pathways
Find on-ramps to top jobs and careers.
"Your baby" (teen or young adult) is not too young to craft a top job path in a growth field. When, what, why?
Our teens' great effort and expertise along with parents' huge expense are not translating into the college and career success we expect and assume is happening.
Over 70% of high school grads head to college, but less than 27% will graduate (and that 27% is actually taking 5-8 years for a four-year degree)
Less than 24% will get jobs in their field of study.
Over half of grads take jobs requiring a 2-year degree or far less--and still be in those careers 10 years on.
Elite-educated have the lowest job fulfilment 5, 10 and 20 years after graduation.
The reality is that those with a 2-year degree, or even short certifications, earn more than 60% of college grads.
High school students are recruited by JP Morgan & Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs recruits from UC Boulder, not just Ivies.
Their higher educations will then continue with college and professional degrees but not structured like the past, that was 4 years and job for life.
National, state and local departments of education are working with business and industry to create pathways to high-earning careers in growth industries and business. States were training thousands this spring to work with parents and teens to help parents and teens succeed.
On hearing that, at a top high school, 800 parents of 1000 juniors turned up for "highly selective college" seminars but
only15 turned up for college and career planning seminars, a leading high school counselor/policy maker said ,
"Parents of top students are like
passengers on the Titanic refusing to get into a lifeboat because
they think the Titanic can't sink." Don't go down with the ship--the ship that is college and career-- because of 'traditional thinking.'
The working world has changed. It's not the direct 'road to college' trip to a career for life--life now is more complicated because of exponentially rapid change, gig work, agile project innovation.
Better planning is easy .
Plan for the Technology Age and Covid Disruption
Whether planning for the distant future or for a career now, these tools lead to high paying growth careers through the right academics. Career planning has devolved into "getting accepted into the best college" and a top job will follow. That is not college and career planning! And what we have been doing is not leading to success. Our traditional approach is falling short of the mark. Planning is fun and easy.
Author, certified High School and College Career 'conversationalist,' BA Mount Holyoke College, Oxford grad work and MA Hons City University of London.
Christie Barnes is best known for her acclaimed Paranoid Parents Guide, countering perceived dangers with facts and statistics.
She was shocked to find that stellar students were not getting even adequate college and career outcomes--facts being drown out by college industry marketing hype and our tendancy to clinge to tradition and old methods of success.
Barnes got insider access to colleges and universities, insider access to government reports on "College for All" and Departments of Education, state and national. They made it possible for her to get certifications in high school, college and career planning initiatives for her upcoming book--to bring parents and teens new strategies for individualized academic and future career success.
She is the widow of Peter Barnes, British playwright, Oscar-nominated film writer (Enchanted April, The Ruling Class). She has triplet high school seniors and an older daughter in college