Flipping the College Decision-Making Paradigm

Flipping the College Decision-Making Paradigm

Dr. Diane Hollems

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Go ahead, try it.

Ask any adult, regardless of their education level, to recount how they approached the three choices – Major, College, Career –  Ask them to describe, in order, which they choose first, then second and finally last.

They will probably tell you that the first thing they chose was the college they wanted to attend. They might have picked a parent’s alma mater, a party school, the one as far away from their parents as possible, or the one by the ocean or in a big city. After choosing a college, most settle next on a major, but usually not until they have attended for a couple of semesters. That choice is too often driven by what they were interested in at that time, the requirement by the college that it was “time” to choose in order to begin division classes or maybe even coaxed by a best friend to “major together.”

Finally, somewhere near or even after graduation, if they made it that far, they picked their career, and embarked onto the job to market, expecting to get hired. In today’s economy that is a rude awakening for student and parent alike. Today 8.5 percent of college graduates are unemployed or 16.8 percent are underemployed one year after graduation, according to The Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Your final question, particularly if your interviewee has been out of school for many decades: “Do you think graduating high school students today make the same choices in the same order?” The answer is a resounding yes.

Read the full article here http://gettingsmart.com/2015/11/flipping-the-college-decision-making-paradigm/

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March 6, 2016