Want to help your teenager find his passion? Leave him alone!

Want to help your teenager find his passion? Leave him alone!.

This is a good, very short post about a linked article providing “food for thought” about majors and careers. . .there’s even a little in there to make you think hard about what university you choose to attend. A few points I’d like to make before you go read them, though:

  1. I realize the blog post is geared toward parents of college-bound students, and that none of my audience is in that particular situation. However, read both the blog and the linked article–they’re worth it
  2. Before you link out to read the longer article it points to, read the last paragraph of the blog and digest it as suggesting “soft skills” (i.e. critical thinking, written and verbal communication etc.) are very important and things you can work toward at any point in your educational career.
  3. The linked article focuses on bachelor’s degree holders–this presupposes that you won’t go to graduate school. You all know I like to encourage graduate school as a way to increase your knowledge-base, improve your hiring potential and increase your earning possibilities

That should cover it–happy reading!

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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