According to a recent survey by the Michigan State University Collegiate Employment Research Institute the 2009 college graduates,
with newly minted bachelor’s degrees, had 40 percent fewer job prospects. Opportunities
for those graduating in 2010 are predicted to continue to decrease. The number of graduate school students getting
hired is expected to decline by 11 percent.
The bright spots -- MBAs prospects will increase by 11 percent and
Ph.D.s by an astonishing 20 percent.
What is a recent college graduate to make of all this? The questions keep piling up. Was an education a waste of time and money?
Can anyone just starting out get a job in this economy without more years of
post-graduate school? And what about other lifestyle changes – the possibility
of moving back home and how it can impact personal and family relationships.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a manual for dealing with this?
Higher Education: On Life, Landing a Job, and Everything Else They Didn’t Teach You in College (Rodale
Press, April 2010) by Kenneth Jedding guides graduates during one of the most
challenging periods of their lives. Jedding, a therapist and career counselor/life
coach, is in a unique position to understand the needs of young adults as they
burst onto the world – as he will receive his second graduate degree by the
time the book is released. He has literally been shoulder to shoulder with these
new grads, listening to their hopes and dreams, fears and anxieties.
Recalling his own fervent wish as a young graduate for “The Book that would tell me all
the things I didn’t learn in school,” Jedding wrote the manual for post-college
life that would inspire with solid advice, great tips and energizing
Like most true wisdom, Jedding’s advice works for people of all ages who have wished
that life came with a manual. “Problems are the stuff of science, comedy and
art. Your challenges are as personally yours as your fingerprints. When you
deal with them as effectively as you can, little by little you add to personal
power, joy and happiness,” he says.
I am a hgue fan of fiction and I rarely pickup a book like this and read through it. This was one of thos rare moments. Attracted by the lovely cover I carried it around and finished in in a matter of days. Delightful reading. The chapters on relationships my favorites. They really made me smile and Jedding is right on target - Setting Yourself Up to Succeed, Friendship as a Model , Breakups - the book is worth those chapter. alone. Don't get me wrong - they whole book is easy and enjoyable to read and full of good pointers. The chapters I mention just stood out to me. This would be a stellar gift for a twenty-something person.
I very much recommended this one.