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Higher Education: On Life, Landing a Job, and Everything Else They Didn't Teach You in College

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Today's college grads face a new set of challenges brought on by a sluggish job market, changing technology, and staggering amounts of debt. The rules have changed since their parents were in school, leaving young adults at a loss for advice that addresses their immediate concerns as well as the big-picture questions with which each generation of young adults must contend. Today's college grads face a new set of challenges brought on by a sluggish job market, changing technology, and staggering amounts of debt. The rules have changed since their parents were in school, leaving young adults at a loss for advice that addresses their immediate concerns as well as the big-picture questions with which each generation of young adults must contend. Life coach Ken Jedding has spent the past decade talking one-on-one with college students and graduates across the country in his workshops and lectures. In Higher Education, he provides a fresh, modern guidebook to postcollegiate life that addresses the issues and concerns he hears voiced most often. From the lofty What is my purpose in life? to the practical How can I land my dream job? to the increasingly common (if somewhat terrifying) How did I wind up back in my parents' house?, Jedding's valuable insight, wisdom, and humor provide a much-needed roadmap for the journey that is only just beginning.


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Today's college grads face a new set of challenges brought on by a sluggish job market, changing technology, and staggering amounts of debt. The rules have changed since their parents were in school, leaving young adults at a loss for advice that addresses their immediate concerns as well as the big-picture questions with which each generation of young adults must contend. Today's college grads face a new set of challenges brought on by a sluggish job market, changing technology, and staggering amounts of debt. The rules have changed since their parents were in school, leaving young adults at a loss for advice that addresses their immediate concerns as well as the big-picture questions with which each generation of young adults must contend. Life coach Ken Jedding has spent the past decade talking one-on-one with college students and graduates across the country in his workshops and lectures. In Higher Education, he provides a fresh, modern guidebook to postcollegiate life that addresses the issues and concerns he hears voiced most often. From the lofty What is my purpose in life? to the practical How can I land my dream job? to the increasingly common (if somewhat terrifying) How did I wind up back in my parents' house?, Jedding's valuable insight, wisdom, and humor provide a much-needed roadmap for the journey that is only just beginning.

42 review for Higher Education: On Life, Landing a Job, and Everything Else They Didn't Teach You in College

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    The author does an excellent job tackling many complex issues facing recent college graduates and approaches them one by one in a clear and concise manner. He breaks down young twenty something year olds' common anxieties of the real work and helps to ease those fears. The many unknowns after college is normal and the realization of what a person is going to do in life is a process that may change with time. The author gives several real life scenarios to help the reader understand some basic com The author does an excellent job tackling many complex issues facing recent college graduates and approaches them one by one in a clear and concise manner. He breaks down young twenty something year olds' common anxieties of the real work and helps to ease those fears. The many unknowns after college is normal and the realization of what a person is going to do in life is a process that may change with time. The author gives several real life scenarios to help the reader understand some basic common sense guidelines to a first job, relationships, and more. I think the strengh of this book is the simplicity and common sense advice that is given. Often times clarity of an issue is not obvious to a young person frustrated with their current life so this book can be a rough guide through a tough transitional period. Advice I found useful even after being out of school for three and a half years is a first job is not your last job. As long as one keeps a positive attitude, good things will come and connections with people can help lead to another, more enjoyable job. I agree with the author when he states a person cannot wait for the perfect person to live their life with and in fact has to go out, learn to live on their own, live life, and do the things one enjoys doing. Many times this will lead you to a person that will see your good qualities and enjoy some of the same things you do. I think the most interesting topic was written about the power of forgiveness when a friend or family member has hurt you. The author states that in all great religions, forgiveness has a permanent role and by disliking or feeling angry at a person more damage is done to you than to that person. I feel like this hinders many people in our society as they feel animosity toward an ex or a member of their family and this hinders their relationships later on in life. I almost feel as though one third of this book would best be read midway through college because the author goes through several brainstorming excercises trying to get a person to realize their best career path or job for the future. I think this section is a little misplaced after college if a person gets a degree in something different than what the brainstorming led to. Going to get another degree seems a little impractical.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    The stress affecting today's youth is not the same as generations before. The biggest worry concerning most is the amount of debt they will be in. There are other concerns that are just as important, such as, how do know if I'm making the right career choice? Will I make enough money to pay back my loans? What can I do to make sure that I don't end up sleeping on someone's couch for the rest of my life? Ken is a life coach who has some special insight for today's young adults. He tackles the toug The stress affecting today's youth is not the same as generations before. The biggest worry concerning most is the amount of debt they will be in. There are other concerns that are just as important, such as, how do know if I'm making the right career choice? Will I make enough money to pay back my loans? What can I do to make sure that I don't end up sleeping on someone's couch for the rest of my life? Ken is a life coach who has some special insight for today's young adults. He tackles the tough questions that keep college kids up at night. He's funny, smart and likable. It's obvious that he wants to help remove some unneeded stress and guide college bound students into the future. This would be the perfect graduation present.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book simply reaffirmed what had been going through my mind for a while now. Or I guess I should say it helped me become okay with the fact that where I'm directing my life is correct. It was great to read on the tail end of my quarter-life crisis but I think it might have been more beneficial to read right out of college. Either way, it’s worth picking up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    This book would be great for people going into college just as much as coming out of college. You can read this to feel better about yourself and what path you are thinking to go down. It may help quiet the negative outside voices. (Parents, relatives, friends, strangers.) Help you stick to your passion, and beliefs. If you are looking for getting a job advice this is not the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel on the whole self-help circuit but does tailor it to fit the just out of college demographic. It was nice to know that a lot of the frustration on being a early 20something, without a dream career, and living at home is normal and understandable. I would recommend it to others just out of school trying to figure out what comes next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise Cameron

    I think this would be an awesome book for anyone who has just graduated from college or University, or in their early twenties.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Terry Lawler

    I interviewed Jedding. Every Recent college graduate should read it (and parents of those graduates).

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