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The Big Question: Is college worth the trouble and expense with tuition hikes and the increase of “boomerangers”?
The Panelists’ Answer: College will be valuable to the focused individual who is willing to specialize in his or her career.
- “College Helps You Form Long-term Goals for Your Career” An Interview with Julia Huang of InterTrend
1. Age 17 to 21 is the best season to go to college to form your career expectations.
2. Going directly to work after graduating from high school will limit your career aspirations.
3. Setbacks such as moving back home are temporary.
Last May NPR interviewed Julia Huang, CEO of InterTrend because she is an expert in Multilingual PR and Asian-American Markets in particular. She spoke with me this week because she wants to motivate SmartyGirlLeadership readers to attend college directly out of high school. Why now? Julia Huang says that even though receiving a college education late in life is still valuable, immersing yourself in your early 20s in a culture of learning is critical. At age 17 to 21-years-old, you form your long-term expectations about careers. If you take a high school graduate job, then you will form your ideas about work based on earning a short-term paycheck. This is limiting.
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She adds that if you feel nervous about college because your older sibling has returned to live with your parents for three months, remember that you are witnessing a temporary stage in someone’s life. If your “boomeranger” sibling is depressed, this does not invalidate the college experience. Though it may feel like your sister or brother is hogging the couch for eternity, most college graduates return to the workplace. “Sure bums will be bums but most college graduates will integrate back into society.” says Julia Huang.
Julia Huang’s response reminds me of Aristotle’s ethics because she makes the argument that college planning is the right action, for the right reason, at the right time for this age group.
Btw, Julia Huang lightened the mood by showing her optimism and good sense of humor. She expressed confidence in the next group of college students in finding work and told me how much she liked SmartyGirlLeadership’s tone: positive, cheeky and practical. She said that she liked the Zombie-Fighting Badass article, in particular.
More positive news, if you can laugh and make others laugh these are traits of a future leader. According to the Princeton Review, on college admission essays, if you can make a college admissions officer laugh with your personal statement you are off to a good start.