Post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is about life, not just a job


Re Pop­u­lar post-sec­ondary de­grees aren’t where

the jobs are, says OECD, Sept. 13 Al­though the ad­vice is well mean­ing, it is fool­ish for post-sec­ondary stu­dents to pur­sue stud­ies based on labour-mar­ket pro­jec­tions.

Few en­try-level jobs re­quire highly spe­cial­ized skills. Rather, most jobs straight out of col­lege or univer­sity de­mand com­mu­ni­ca­tion and prob­lem­solv­ing skills, along with be­ing flex­i­ble and able to work in a team en­vi­ron­ment.

Let stu­dents de­velop their abil­i­ties by study­ing what they have a pas­sion for. Along the way, they will be­come pro­fi­cient com­mu­ni­ca­tors, prob­lem solvers and adapt­able team players.

Th­ese skills, rather than spe­cific knowl­edge re­lated to only one type of job, is what re­sults in a suc­cess­ful ca­reer and life.

The re­al­ity is that few work­ers in their 40s and 50s are in jobs to­day they even con­sid­ered when 18 or 19 and start­ing their stud­ies. Post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is about pre­par­ing for the rest of life, not just a job. Thomas Klassen, po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor, York Univer­sity


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