Seriously, that’s exactly what my Aunt said. No pause. No holding back. Being in your 80’s gives you the right to speak your mind. You’ve seen more of life than most people and the consequences that go along with it. She talks with people all of the time. Neighbors, relatives, the person at the grocery store checkout, the barista at the local coffee shop. She has seen the result of “stupid degrees” for decades.
So this is my effort to honor that request.
(Although for my clients, that doesn’t seem to be a problem. I tend to attract families whose kids are high achievers headed for engineering or business, and such.)
Three decades ago, only 30% of the population attended college. Today that statistic has flipped. 70% attend college.
The following is my opinion. You don’t have to agree with it.
The statistic flopped because society was told, “You must have a college degree to be successful in life.” (Which we know is...
Does your teen have no freaking idea of what they want to do after high school?
I had this question recently. It reminded me of the look of shear terror in my son's eyes when it was time to decide on a college major. You see, most teens think they are making a lifetime decision at the ripe old age of 17 or 18. Not so. And if we explain it to them it will take a lot of the stress off of making the decision.
When I saw the expression on my son's face, I immediately said to him, "Get in the car, we're going out for coffee." On the drive to IHOPS, it was late at night, I asked my son if he knew all the jobs and employers his dad had worked for since the age of 20. Of course he didn't. (Most kids and teens pay no attention to that. They have a roof over their head and food to eat. They're good to go.) I told my son all the lateral moves within companies and the different companies his dad had worked for. "You won't be sitting in a cubicle for 40 years. Most employers will see the good...