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I am meeting with a young woman today. She called my office, and we had quite a conversation. She graduated from college two months ago, and told me the following:

#1 I hate the way the program was structured.

#2 I don't really even like the subject I majored in.

#3 I don't even know why I chose it. 

#4 I can't find a job in my major. (nutrition)

#5 I owe $31,000 in student loan debt.

#6 My mother says I don't know what I want to do.

#7 I don't want to own a business. I need a steady paycheck.

#8 I don't know what I want to do.

#9 I know I do "like people".

#10 I think I want to take a class (that cost $871.00 vs. $31,000 she owes, Mom's job paid for 1/2 of her tuition, she is left with that $31,000 balance)

As I continue to create work I love. I am talking to more and more people like this young lady. They pretty much feel like the little girl in the picture. They "don't know". They feel let down, and they are searching for answers. She has expressed what a lot of college graduates may feel. College can be over-rated or it can be the best thing that happened to you. However, after 10 years, 80% of the people who have graduated from college are NOT working in their field of major. An overhaul in thinking needs to happen. More of us could really be the girl on the stool, sitting in the corner if we admit it. Let's work to change that. Keep moving ahead with work you love.

Ask yourself:

1. Is the work I love becoming clearer to me?

2. Am I headed in the right direction on my educational path?

3. What can I do differently, to create a different outcome?


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Comment by Bernice Coles on July 10, 2012 at 7:32pm

Peter, Thanks for the comment. I remember hearing a woman once say, "College is wasted on the young." This young lady kept saying she didn't have any experience that related to her degree, and I can easily see that happening. If your children gain experience and understand the application of a degree they will have an easier of of it than others who don't have that advantage.

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on July 10, 2012 at 7:22am

I'm continually amazed at the confusion between getting an education and attending school. In Corporate America there is a stigma around having a degree as an entry point. Fair enough. But its what you do after you are hired that makes all the difference!

I worked for the State of Utah and at one point had to work with the board of education. Chock full of PhD's and hardly any inspiring or creative ideas. It was REALLY frustrating. It was all about writing grants for more funding for "structured learning" - which to me means "we tell you what to think, you prove you got it through a test." Not really learning.

I'm struggling with my wife. She wants to see all of our kids power through college right after high school. Our local school offers concurrent enrollment, which means if you do well in high school, you will have an Associates Degree. That means at age 18, my kids will have to choose a major. I didn't do that until I was 22 and had served a two-year mission for my Church which allowed time to think, dream, and explore. 

As for the right direction on my educational path, each month I choose what new book to read, I get more and more on the path all the time.

Thanks for the post!

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