The next big thing is college.
If you are graduating soon, it is time to plan ahead for the big transition.
We’ve been living in an era where the next generation of young people is going to have to take on a lot of the responsibilities that were previously reserved for the elders, according to John Ollivant, president of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
That means a lot more responsibility for parents and schools, he said.
“We have to prepare our children to take the next step in their lives and make sure they can stay on track to be productive adults,” Ollikant said.
It is easy to think of colleges as a place for the well-to-do to be a part of a society that is not quite as egalitarian as it was in the 1960s, Olligant said, but that is no longer true.
There are a number of reasons why more and more people are choosing not to attend college.
The economy is booming, with a large percentage of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, and the average age of college graduates has increased from 26 to 28.
There are also more women in college now than in the past, and fewer of them are pursuing degrees in STEM fields, such as engineering and math.
According to the Center for American Progress, nearly 3 in 5 Americans now have at least a bachelor’s degree, and more than 70 percent of those who have a bachelor of arts degree say they would consider going to college in the future.
“College is going back to where it was, back in the 1950s and 1960s,” O’Neil said.
The U.S. has the third-highest number of college students in the world, after China and India, and we are seeing the trend continue to accelerate, according the U.N. World Education Statistics.
That number is projected to rise by 4.6 million students this year.
But Ollichant said the best way to prepare your child for college is to have them go to school in the first place.
“We have the greatest capacity for a child to get a high school diploma,” OLLIGANT said.
But for the next generations to be the best and brightest, they will have to work hard and do something for themselves.