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Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that's no longer the case. For some students, it's still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque. Yet parents, g Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that's no longer the case. For some students, it's still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque. Yet parents, guidance counselors, and politicians still push higher education as if it's the only option for building a secure future. In this book, Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison set out to explore the many educational opportunities and career paths open to Canadian high-school students and those in their twenties. This book is designed to help young adults decide whether to pursue a degree, enrol for skills training, or investigate one of the many other options that are available.


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Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that's no longer the case. For some students, it's still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque. Yet parents, g Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that's no longer the case. For some students, it's still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque. Yet parents, guidance counselors, and politicians still push higher education as if it's the only option for building a secure future. In this book, Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison set out to explore the many educational opportunities and career paths open to Canadian high-school students and those in their twenties. This book is designed to help young adults decide whether to pursue a degree, enrol for skills training, or investigate one of the many other options that are available.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Rhoda Brown

    This is a great overview of the options available to kids finishing high school in Canada today. The most valuable thing, and I think why they wrote the book, is the information about alternatives to university. The fact is, university is becoming extended high school -- "everyone" goes because you "have to" have a degree. (I heard Tom Mulcair bragging on the radio that daycare workers have four year degrees now. Daycare workers. Yes, I want at least one person at my kids' daycare to have a four This is a great overview of the options available to kids finishing high school in Canada today. The most valuable thing, and I think why they wrote the book, is the information about alternatives to university. The fact is, university is becoming extended high school -- "everyone" goes because you "have to" have a degree. (I heard Tom Mulcair bragging on the radio that daycare workers have four year degrees now. Daycare workers. Yes, I want at least one person at my kids' daycare to have a four-year degree, but it shouldn't be a requirement for a job which mainly involves changing diapers and breaking up fights.) High school grades are so inflated that it's easy to get into university (but the kids who go don't necessarily know how to write or do math), so the first year of university is either remedial or a kind of hazing to get rid of the kids that the professors (rightly) don't want to have to deal with. So anyway, the authors, both university types frustrated with the state of universities, have written this book seemingly to dissuade kids from going to university if it's not right for them. One of the highlights of the book is a tough-love quiz about whether university is right for you: Are you intellectually curious? Do you read a LOT? If you decide university is the way to go, this book will tell you what to consider when you decide which university to go to, with notes about military and religious options. But the authors don't leave the rest of the kids hanging: they present a compelling smorgasbord of alternatives to university: colleges and polytechnics (and the difference between them), private colleges, work, entrepreneurship, travel. Even though the authors' motivation is pretty transparent, this book is exhaustive and useful, and I highly recommend it to anyone (or the parents of anyone) finishing high school in the next few years.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Cavanagh

    Absolutely fantastic book written by two professors who have seen and heard it all (at least where students are concerned). Even if you are 18 yrs old or 30 yrs old and looking to go to school, you should read this first. The author lays out the cold truth and doesn't sugar-coat the realities for going to university or college. You will fail if you don't carefully consider WHY you are spending thousands of dollars for four years of post-secondary. I've done a year of university, and YES, at leas Absolutely fantastic book written by two professors who have seen and heard it all (at least where students are concerned). Even if you are 18 yrs old or 30 yrs old and looking to go to school, you should read this first. The author lays out the cold truth and doesn't sugar-coat the realities for going to university or college. You will fail if you don't carefully consider WHY you are spending thousands of dollars for four years of post-secondary. I've done a year of university, and YES, at least 2/3rd's of students really shouldn't be in university. Most of them don't have the work ethic, drive, or brains to truly utilize the full potential of the school. College or polytechnic would be a much better option -- and make you a much happier student.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Excellent , informative , full of good advice .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dyoung

    This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking of going back to university to take a higher degree. You may want to think twice, according to these authors.

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