Are Colleges Preparing Students for Work Life?


  The Seattle Times recently profiled journalist Jeffrey Selingo, whose new book, There is Life After College, explores “practical advice about picking the right college, choosing courses that will mean something to employers, and finding ways to gain career-building work experience.”

The article “Advice on How--and Whether--To Go to College,” describes how Selingo began his research as a reporter and editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education and considered how colleges might underserve students when it comes to practical advice and application in their educations. Selingo is “a proponent of encouraging students to look at all the options,” not just a four year college or university. He cites “work experience, apprenticeships, technical degrees and taking a gap year after high school,” as measures students can take to gain additional useful experience.

In the Seattle Times article, Selingo says that “for American education to remain relevant to students, it must abandon the antiquated idea that schools and colleges broadly educate people for life while employers train them for jobs.”

There is Life After College cites “six specific skills that employers believe are a better marker of success than an impressive transcript: Curiosity, creativity, grit, digital awareness, contextual thinking and humility.”

“Too many students have a passive relationship with college, Selingo said: ‘“They wait for college to happen to them.”’ He calls for students to take control of their educations and seek out opportunities like internships to augment time spent in class.”

Hughes College Prep can help you make the right choice about what comes next, whether it’s choosing the right financially-viable four year school or exploring other exciting and innovative options. Read the full article, and the rest of Selingo’s advice, here. Check out our strategy for helping students take control of their education here.