Accepting that Four-Year College Is No Longer a Panacea For Today’s Students
Explore what adults can do to help guide students to the paths that work for them.
Adults can play a role in helping students embrace their power and agency, explore their interests, and pursue the paths that work for them—even if it’s not college.
Too often, the conversation around what’s after high school is limited to the polarity of going to college or not going to college, and all too seldom is this conversation linked to an in-depth exploration of long-term career objectives. Young people are told, implicitly and explicitly, that four-year college is the only key to unlocking a stable and rewarding life. But education for education’s sake is no longer enough.
Adults must be open to the possibility, particularly during these turbulent times, that the desired plan for many students may not include four-year college. Even if it does, many teens can benefit from a more thoughtful exploration and consideration of their needs and goals before selecting a path.
From promoting options to enacting policy recommendations, explore what adults can do to help guide students to the paths that work for them.