Let’s Start Telling Young People the Whole Truth About College

 

Stop Feeding High-School Students the Myth That College is Right For Everyone – Businessweek

The idea that college is appropriate—essential, even—for all Americans is a myth.

 Steering every high school graduate toward college without conversations about viable alternatives constricts their future, condemns many to failure, and puts many more into unnecessary debt.

Business Week

 

Amen. There are many opportunities to make a good living and we do a disservice by not sharing more options with our kids. Shame on us!

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Is college really worth it: College Graduates Don’t Always Out-Earn High School Grads

The biggest risk of going to college is dropping out: An unfinished degree barely increases your earnings while costing money and time. Vocational two-year degrees have a stronger positive effect on earning power than academic ones do… On average, college pays off, though not always. The wage premium comes with risk. For every degree short of a graduate degree, there’s a decent chance that a good high school graduate will out-earn you. 

Bloomberg Business Week

 

Also, other studies are claiming that  

Overall, 56 percent of those who started college in 2007 have finished their coursework on any campus, according to the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that works with colleges to verify students’ enrollment and graduation status.

Huffington Post 

The sign of ignorance all employers hold against you.

Literacy matters in business and at work. People who notice your errors will rarely correct you, but they will always judge you.

Poor spelling, incorrect grammar, lousy writing and poor oral presentation are all signs of illiteracy. I don’t care what field you work in, how much you earn, or whether you’re a production worker or a vice president. The way you use language reveals who you are, how you think, and how you work. And that will affect your career profoundly. You can pretend otherwise, but you can also walk around buck-naked believing you’re invisible because you’ve got your eyes closed.