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If you’re going to university…just to go to university…

I would consider this:

“A report from the Association of Graduate Recruiters in the UK noted 3.4 percent fewer college-level job openings were available in 2003 than in the previous year. An average of forty-two people applied for each of these jobs, as opposed to thirty-seven the year before, meaning that the scramble for good jobs is becoming more frantic, even with a high-level education. China, which boasts the world’s fastest-growing economy, has seen huge numbers of college graduates (some estimates have it at 30 percent of the more than three million who graduate annually) going unemployed.”

“The plain fact is that a college degree is not worth a fraction of what it once was. A degree was once a passport to a good job. Now, at best, it’s a visa. It only gives you provisional residence in the job market. This is not because the standards of college degrees are lower than they used to be. That’s very hard to judge. It’s mainly because so many more people have them now. In the industrial period, most people did manual and blue-collar work, and only a minority actually went to college. Those who did found that their degrees were like Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. Now, with so many people graduating college, four-year degrees are more like the shiny paper in which they wrap the chocolate bars.”

“Some estimates suggest that more people will be graduating from higher education in the next thirty years than the total number since the beginning of history.”

“According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in the decade from 1995 to 2005, the graduation rates of the countries with the most powerful economies grew 12 percent. More than 80 percent of young Australians graduate from college now, while nearly the same percentage of Norwegians do. More than 60 percent of American students get college degrees. In China, more than 17 percent of college-age students go to college, and this percentage is increasing rapidly. Not long ago, it was closer to 4 percent.”

Going through the motions is not enough to land a career and life you’ll enjoy.

You’ll have to consider what makes you unique, set apart, indispensable.

Because there’s something, there’s something really special about you, and your college degree will likely not be the tell-tale sign.

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*Excerpts from Sir Ken Robinson’s, The Element

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