you know that less than 50% of college students graduate in
four years? That 75% of students see no relation between college
major and career after college?
someone who works in the area of adult career changes, I have
talked to many adults about their college decisions and majors.
Many adults felt they didn't do enough introspection and internal
examination about what to study. Few took assessments in high
school or college to help them understand themselves. In the
past, grades, or SAT scores were most important.
growing up in the 1950's and 1960's were strongly influenced
by their parents and their finanancial situation, especially
those who had parents who grew up in the depression. For them,
making money was of prime importance. One 40 ish adult, now
unhappy in the account industry, grew up with parents who
farmed in Iowa. He was told that if he studied accounting,
he could make good money. Twenty years later, he is now considering
a career in the arts and realized he never had an interest
in accounting. Another unhappy adult with whom I worked started
off in college in pre-med. She was also interested in architecture
but her parents told her, "medicine will get you further."
what can we do with our high school students to encourage
a college and field of study is an ongoing challenge. By taking
the time, and encouraging your child to different options,
he or she will find their true calling.