default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard
Counselor’s Corner

Test drive career interests before committing to a college major

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 12:00 am

In a study published in May 2012, researchers from Rutgers University interviewed people who graduated from college between 2007 and 2011 to determine how they were faring.

The study, entitled “Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession,” is a “must read” for college-bound students and their parents. One of the key findings is the degree to which college graduates felt they were prepared to enter the labor market: “Half felt they were less well prepared for the world of work than was the generation before them; only 28% felt they were better prepared and 21% felt they were similarly prepared.”

Though they were generally satisfied with their college educations, according to this study two out of three graduates would do something different if they had it to do over again: “They would have been more careful in choosing a major,” or the classes they took. A majority (56%) would have taken more computer/technology classes, a third would have taken more business/finance classes and one fifth would have taken more career-related courses. Finally, the report concludes that those students who did internships while in college were better prepared to enter the workforce.

Paired with core academic classes, Lodi Unified School District's “Career and Technical Education” (CTE) courses prepare high school students for college AND career. In addition to the soft, transferrable skills that most employers say is lacking in today's job applicants, CTE classes provide students an opportunity to sample careers before selecting a college major. Many CTE courses provide intern/externships in actual job settings.

Since two thirds of the college graduates in the Rutgers's study “would do something different if they had it to do over again,” taking a career out for a spin before committing a minimum of four years and thousands of dollars to studying it is worth considering. CTE puts education to work-now, during and beyond college.

Want to learn more? Please call Bill Atterberry or Debi Chiene at 331-7617.

Bill Atterberry is the principal of Lincoln Technical Academy.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Contact Information

Stephanie Hiatt

Learning Link Needs You!

We rely on the input of the community. If you are a teen or interested in teen issues, you can help us with the following regular features on Lodinews.com and in the Lodi News-Sentinel. Email Stephanie Hiatt at link@lodinews.com or call 209-369-2761.

KEWL Kids: Kids doing exceptional and worthwhile things in and around Lodi. Know a student who is making Lodi a better or more interesting place to be? Let us know!

Parents 2 Teens: An opportunity for parents to get a fresh perspective from our Teens 2 Teens advisers. Email your questions and see what responsible teenagers have to say about your problem or situation.

School Scoop: Are you a parent or teacher who has something wonderful or unique going on at your child’s school? Write about it and let Lodi know about your great school.

Reading News

Reading news can encourage positive attitudes toward reading, improving English skills, and providing young people an opportunity to be better informed, proactive citizens in your community.




Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists