The last thing you want is for your child to make a series of expensive higher ed decisions, and then regret them later. How can you help your kids to avoid making regrettable higher ed decisions?
An Epidemic of Regret
Regret over higher ed decisions has reached epidemic proportions in the US. According to a June 2017 report from Gallup and Strada Education Network, 51 percent of Americans would change at least one of their education decisions if they could. This is an astounding, alarming, high number.
1/3 of People Wish They’d Studied in a Different Field
More than 1/3 of people — 36 percent of the report’s 89,492 respondents — would replace their field of study.
Most Shocking? How Many People Regret Their Liberal Arts Educations
According to the Gallup study, 48 percent of people with liberal arts degrees wished they’d made different higher ed decisions. This is astounding, considering that millions of high school guidance counselors and teachers push high school students toward liberal arts degrees as though they’re the key to a happy, fulfilled career life.
For some students, they are. But for many, they’re not.
It doesn’t have to be this way for your kid.
It’s my belief that students can head off expensive higher ed mistakes by taking three specific career assessments before ever even applying to college. Sure, they could wait until middle age to take these assessments and only then find out what they’re naturally good at and interested in — but why wait? The most strategic time to take these assessments is January of 10th grade, or as soon as possible after that. That way, all higher ed decisions can be made by setting good-fit goals and then strategically moving toward them. Genius.
I don’t administer these assessments myself, but I explain exactly which ones to take and where to find them in chapter 13 of my book:
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Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.
And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.