One of the craziest lines in the 1978 movie ‘Animal House‘ was John “Bluto” Blutarsky bemoaning ‘seven years down the drain’ when his entire fraternity was about to get expelled from school. It was funny because it was hard to imagine a college student spending seven years on campus with nothing to show for it – but how funny is it now with that becoming a common reality?
Earlier this year a new study was released saying that 46% of college students today do not receive a degree or any credentials within SIX YEARS of starting college. There can be lots of reasons – but poor planning has got to be up there at the top of the list. And with college costs continuing to rise in spite of their poor success records, it should come as no surprise that college debt is becoming one of the nation’s biggest challenges.
Working with high school students (to help them plan for college and careers), we find that students fall into three basic categories:
- Those that have it all figured out (i.e., where they will go to college, what they will study, what they want to do for their career – and they know how they are gifted and how that relates to their career options).
- Those that kinda sorta know. They know where they want to go, and what they think they will major in, and don’t think much further beyond that.
- Those who plan to figure it out IN COLLEGE. These are the ones that will give Blutarsky a run for his money in terms of time and money wasted on college.
PeopleRightCareers works with students to help them develop a game plan for success in college. We start by helping students understand how they are wired, how that relates to career options, and then how to compete effectively for the limited number of job openings the current economy is producing.