The finding is illuminating, particularly when paired with supporting national survey data that suggests today’s middle and high school students view college — and careers — in a markedly different manner than millennials.
“More than 40 percent of Gen Z respondents seek careers that suit their specific interests, and tend to envision careers in technology, such as computer science and video game development,” according to report.
On Wednesday, we’ll chat with author Ned Johnson about the sense and science of giving kids more control over their lives.
Johnson, a NACAC member, is one of two authors behind The Self-Driven Child — a new book that takes a look at strategies to help your students develop the inner drive they’ll need to succeed in life after high school.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Admitted in August 2017. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.
All of you see it every year.
A senior who graduated in May stops in before they head off to college. The smile is bright, but the eyes betray them; they are scared.
It’s easy for me to reassure them because, as old as I am, I remember how transformational the first week of college was. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, and I grew up in a town of 13,000 in Illinois. I really had no idea what to expect. I was pretty scared.
It started in my second class. My professor said something, and I laughed out loud. He asked me what was so funny, and I told him that I had never ever thought about what he had just mentioned. He gave me a sly grin and became a lifelong mentor.
Looking for more information about NACAC’s new membership model?
During a Facebook Live broadcast this afternoon, NACAC President David Burge and Kim Johnston, the association’s director of membership, affiliate relations, and governance, chatted about how the structure will affect individual member segments as well as the association as a whole.
The new model, which will make it easier to join NACAC, will also help the association grow its membership, Burge said during the broadcast.
Heading off to college can be an anxiety-ridden process for all teens, but first-generation and low-income students experience “a whole different level of stress,” NACAC member Andrew Moe wrote in a recent op-ed for the Hechinger Report.
As a result, such students are far more likely than their peers to “melt” — a term used to describe the phenomenon of students who enroll in college but fail to show up in the fall.
“They think there aren’t any other students on campus who are the first people in their families to go to college. But there are,” wrote Moe, associate dean of admissions and director of access at Swarthmore College (PA). “And it’s our job as educators to ensure that first-generation students don’t feel alone, and that they have the necessary support during this tough transition—from high school applicant to college graduate.”