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The Bookshelf: Feb. 18, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights There is Life After College.

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THERE IS LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

by Jeffery J. Selingo

As Chronicle of Higher Education contributing editor Selingo (College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, 2013) writes in the introduction, in the recent past, a college degree almost certainly guaranteed a job after graduation. But times have changed … “For many twenty-somethings,” writes the author, “life to this point has been like a board game, the goal to get to the end quickly while picking up as many game pieces as possible.” For employers, this lack of critical-thinking skills, coupled with a deficiency in work experiences, makes many new graduates undesirable hires. … Ultimately, students must approach college and the workforce on an individual basis, as the old route just doesn’t hold true for most young people in today’s global economy and workforce. Levelheaded advice for students and parents on the best path to take from high school to employment.

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