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