There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Morrow. Apr. 2016. 288p. notes. index. ISBN 9780062388865. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388872. ED
Selingo (College Unbound) continues to explore the options and value of educational paths after high school. He draws on his background in journalism and education, as well as a commissioned survey (750 young adults) to divide "emerging adults" into three general groups: sprinters, wanderers, and stragglers. Sprinters bolt into the job market, changing jobs frequently and with confidence. Wanderers may go to graduate school, or take the first job that comes along. Stragglers drift without much plan, perhaps without a job that supports them fully. This book offers suggestions to help navigate the career path such as pursue internship opportunities, network, learn the soft skills of the workplace, and consider a bridge year before or between years in college. Parents may be reassured by the author's opinion that education is becoming more modular and students need not complete it all at once. Many employers take into consideration a candidate's curiosity and ability to learn as much as they look at GPA.
VERDICT There are no bulleted lists for quick consumption, but students entering (or parents looking to launch students) into the working world may find insights into making the most of varied educational opportunities. [See Prepub Alert, 10/12/15.]

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