Right Major + Right College = Career Success - Helping you get where you were meant to be.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Avoid the siren call of college prestige
The Gig Economy
Has your junior started writing college essays yet?
My child must go to college X
You mean you don't just get to stay?

Most Popular Posts

Essay Topic: What will you contribute to our campus?
Got an IEP? Don't forget to take it to college.
Discouraging Words
Will Social Media Affect Your Child's Chances?
What to do when things change

Categories

Admission Decisions
Admission Essays
Adult Students
Campus Safety
Career Planning and College
Choosing the best college for you
College Admission Deadlines
College Admission Decisions
College Admission Essays
College Admission Tests
College application process
College Applications
College Buyer Beware
College Camp
College Choice
College Costs
College Entrance Exams
College Freshman Adjustment
College Graduation and Beyond
College Major
College Myths
College Prep
College Prep Opportunities
College Recruitment
College Scholarships
College succcess
College Transfer
Early preparation for college
Education Consumerism
FAFSA
FInancial Aid
Financial Aid and Scholarships
GAP Year and Summer Programs
Getting in....or not
Good advice
Grad School
Graduate to a Job
Highly Selective Colleges
IEP
It's all in the timing
Jobs
Kids Today
Learning Disability Accommodations
Maturity
Media Treatment of College Information
Money and College
MOOC
Moolahversity
Online College
Parent and Grandparent Support
Parent and Grandparent Support in the College Process
Parent and student relationships in the college process
Parenting Teens
Picking a college
Planning for College Success
Positioning Students for Success
SAT and ACT
Scholarships
Social Media and College
Start Planning Early
Student Development
Student Loan Debt
Student Loans
Student Posts About Their Experiences
Success Hints
Summer Activities
Summer college prep
Surviving fall semester fo the senior year
The College-Job Connection
The Junior Year
To-do lists
Transcripts
Value of College
powered by

College Talk Blog

Avoid the siren call of college prestige

"Should we choose the well-known, prestigious college above all others?" is a frequent question from parents of high school juniors and seniors. Parents wonder if their soon-to-be college student will have better employment options at graduation if their college diploma has a highly-recognized, high profile college name on it. They also wonder if spending $60,000 per year will yield more success than spending $20,000 per year. The answer is no in most circumstances.

While the reputation of a college is important, what a student does while in college is even more important in terms of future career success and earnings.

The Gig Economy

What are you hoping to prepare your pre-college student for? Hopefully professional skills that are adaptable in a fast-paced, changing world. Current pre-college students can't count on one professional position or even a series of professional jobs to support themselves. They need to be able to roll with the new gig-economy.

The gig economy is one of adaptability, planning and awareness of what skills the student has that could be valuable to others. Students often have jobs but they increasingly also often have alternate gigs going on at the same time.

Has your junior started writing college essays yet?



It may seem early to think about college essays but now is the time to write them. Spring break is a great time to think about content. Writing a little each week can break this large task into small pieces.


Is your junior clueless about where to start? A personal statement of about 500 words is a great place to start. The personal statement is about personal history. Students can demonstrate who they are and how they got that way through a life event or a series of related activities. The essay should be a conversation that introduces them to the reader.

My child must go to college X

I sometimes hear parents say that their child must gain admission to a specific college. While it is good to have target colleges, no one can guarantee that any student wil be accepted at any specific college. When you add to this equation that the student may not have the general admission requirements for a specific school, the next suggestion from the parent is often that since they have given money to that college, the student will have an edge in admission decisions.

NEW FLASH-there is also no guarantee that writing a check to a college gives a student any sort of admission advantage.

You mean you don't just get to stay?

Financial aid and loans have finite undergraduate participation timelines. Encourage students to complete their program on time to avoid the situation of still having courses left to take but no longer having financial aid eligibility. Generally, students must complete a program within 150% of the length of the program. So a 4 year degree should be completed within six years.