"If there is one thing in life I undoubtedly wish to avoid, it is regret."
The key to avoiding the path of least resistance is research. Students willing to take the time to understand their career and program options are more likely to achieve success by selecting a pathway ideally suited for them.
Our goal is to provide students with a research methodology and provide them with credible sources in order to assist them in making choices specific to their own needs and goals.
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The landscape has greatly changed since today’s parents went to school. Academic standards have increased, technology has completely altered the learning environment and competition has increased dramatically with vastly higher graduation numbers.
At the same time, student choices have expanded rapidly. Institutions are offering more career directed program options with alternative curriculums and greater specialization opportunities. The focus on employable skills has become more predominant in response to the changing needs of the workplace. Colleges and universities have begun to collaborate with employers and each other in order to offer students a more well-rounded education. The military and trades organizations have enhanced their offerings and provide hands-on training in order to attract more students by offering immediate employment opportunities.
With more graduates to choose from, employers are being more selective – demanding specialized skills, flexibility, cultural fit and contribution readiness in their candidates.
Despite this, many students continue to pursue an education in areas for which there is very little demand, forcing them to return to school, remain unemployed or take unskilled positions outside their chosen field just to make ends meet.
At the same time, there has been far less gravitation towards professional degrees or high demand growth industries which pay high premiums for specialized skills.
By doing some research and making better choices, students can avoid the negative consequences and flourish in the modern workplace, but it will require some effort to do so.
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it" - Henry Ford
There is an abundance of information available to students through the internet, from peers, parents and the schools themselves. There are programs run through high school designed to assist them in their decision making process. Unfortunately too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. Furthermore, the lack of guidance on how and when to use the information can lead to frustration and defeat. (See the list of consequences discussed in our profile section).
By following a designed methodology and using a manageable listing of credible, organized resources students can turn the mundane task of research into a valuable process for decision making and at the same time bring peace of mind to themselves and their parents alike.