All and Every

The current discussion about the value of learning is entangled in a very public debate about college and degrees.  To begin with, colleges and degrees are way too narrow topics when it comes to your future.  What we are talking about here is you: not everyone – all – only.

Buzz TodaySource:  Aspen Ideas Festival   “Is College for Everyone?”   Source:   Brookings Institute   “Should Everyone Go to College?”  Source:   “Has the MBA Become a Worthless Degree?”  Source:  Washington Times Book Review:  “Is College Worth It?”  The first thing that has to change is the belief that we are failing as a society if everyone doesn’t go to college.  Source:    CNN Money    defying history and stereotypes by proving that a bachelor’s degree is not, as widely believed, the only ticket to a middle-class income.

Unfortunately, the sweeping headlines do not help you make the decisions that are right for you. You are not all or everyone. You are who you are.  What you need is specific information to make the choices that create the future that fits who you are.  Careers matter.

Even when it comes to careers choices there are lots of skeptics. There are some who believe that it is not possible to accurately predict what jobs will exist five years from now. It is true that those forecasts will not be perfect, but there are some good data sources that give a lot of valuable information even if it is not perfect.

The best of those sources in my opinion is the US Department of Labor WEB site called O*NET.  The design of the WEB site is especially valuable for finding key information about careers and jobs.  Your job is to explore that data to find what best fits who you are.  The road map for using the data is clearly spelled out in my book Your Future is Calling.

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