Educating for Impending Careers

The vast majority of us in the United States were educated as children and young adults so that we could succeed both as citizens sustaining our democratic way of life and as productive workers able to sustain ourselves and our families economically. For the most part the combination of public and private K-12 schools and higher education universities and colleges have served us quite well. We are by and large a well educated and constructive populace.

But can we rely on the old-school methodologies to sustain us for a world of work that will be characterized as mercurial and erratic calling for agility, adaptability, and rapid evolution? There is reason to think not. An economy that is experiencing increased speed and transformation will not be well served by an educational structure and model designed to prepare students for a relatively static and predictable work world.

Let’s examine the existing paradigm that traditionally and currently defines most American high schools and colleges. There are two patterns at play based on the concepts of liberal education and career-focused education. By the time a student reaches high school they select or have selected for them one of these persuasions or the other.

Liberal (or liberal arts) education refers to an approach that encourages a broad and diverse exposure to fundamental and diverse subject matter with the goal being to educate a student for a complex world requiring a variety of perspectives, skills, and areas of knowledge. When and if college is reached the student fits into this mix a concentrated focus in one or more disciplines.

A career-focused or vocational path on the other hand focuses much more on preparing the student for a relevant job that is in demand in the workforce. Breadth gives way to depth in that a craft or skill set demonstrably employable is chosen, studied, and eventually mastered by the student.

To be clear I am not suggesting that there is anything fundamentally wrong with these models. My concern is in the traditional modes of delivery of them. We are still under the assumption that a high school diploma and / or college degree program that terminates upon graduation is enough to provide a student for a lifetime career. It used to be, but projections are that it won’t be enough going forward.

The workplace and its career needs are becoming increasingly digitized and globalized, resulting in an urgency for malleable, resilient, and entrepreneurial workers to address the ever vibrant economic demands across the planet. To maintain these attributes workers will need to accept and embrace continuous lifelong learning, upskilling, and training to keep up and stay ahead. Schooling will never end. In fact it will become an integral and ongoing part of any advantageous job worth having for most.

We will likely see a time when liberal and career-focused methods become more of an as-needed hybrid with a greater proliferation of skill and knowledge-based certification and training programs not necessarily tied to slow moving traditional education settings. Students, employees, and educators will begin migrating more intentionally into online, virtual, and yes, brick & mortar learning facilities that offer the highest quality, data driven, short and long-term instruction essential to the requirements of the emerging economy.

As an educator myself with 31 years in public schools and 5 years as a part time college adjunct I can say with some certainty that this industry will not on its own move in this direction without a lot of resistance. There are many entrenched interests compelled to resist such changes. A more responsive and pragmatic instructional delivery will likely arise from a combination of innovative educators and demanding students and employees requiring relevant reactive instruction.

Making a Change

Children were always told growing up, that without a college degree, there would not be a stable job for them in the world, a career was going to allow them be able to pay all the bills and support a family. So growing up, these kids worked incredibly hard in school and did extra curricular activities so they could receive scholarships and grants to pay for some of their school. Even though they may have received scholarships, tuition for college has increased immensely, making it to where they have to take out student loans.

College students after four years of college owe on average $38,000 dollars. Nearly doubling the amount that they took out due to interest. Now this poses a huge issue for students that are just beginning to start their career and begin to provide for themselves. On average, forty four million students take out loans to pay for college tuition, and for the average year of 2016, there is $1.2 trillion dollar debt for college graduates alone. A research study was conducted that polled college students and created data on what student loans they had taken out and how much of each. The study showed that 30.5 million students took out direct loans, totaling to $911.6 billion dollars, as well as 16.8 million college graduates took out the FFEL loan that was added up to $342.6 billion dollars, the perkins loans all together was $8.0 billion dollars, by being borrowed from 2.7 million people (Josuweit, Andy). Now on average this does not seem like much compared to the amount of kids that attend college, but these amount will double by the time it comes to pay them back due to a delinquency rate of 11.1%. Making it near impossible for the average college graduated to pay back there student loans in a short amount of time, creating many issues when it comes to starting their career and taking care of themselves.

Research has found that when comparing four year universities and private colleges as well as community colleges, that student loan debt was much more significant in four year colleges than community colleges. Also, they discovered that more student loans were taken out with students who attend public four year universities rather than private universities. Research also found that students who received pell grants were likely to borrow more money than other students. Forty percent of the $1.2 trillion dollars taken out for student loans was used to finance graduate and professional degrees. All of this statistical information has shown that of the forty four million students who take out student loans to finance their tuition, a majority of them go to four year public universities and rely on the middle to lower class scale. Now just because these people fall in the middle and lower class does not mean they should have to pay for it when it comes to attending college and striving for a better career. Student loan debt is an issue that needs some attention and a solution to the crippling issue.

The topic of student loan debt for college students is something that has not been talked about widely in the recent years. Attention was brought to the issue when the presidential election came around and Bernard Sanders (also known as Bernie Sanders) began proposing the forum that college should be free to avoid student loan debt. Soon after this proposal was announced the real statistics came out about the issue. Student loan debt has nearly doubled in the recent years due to tuition cost being raised, making it nearly impossible for an average college student to not take out student loans. The interest rate for the loans has been raised, causing the amount being taken out to double before even getting the chance to begin to pay it back. Sanders also brought attention to the idea that the college degree is about the equivalent of what used to be a high school diploma. Arguing that student should not be forced to pay for education that they should have received in previous years of schooling.

Many solutions have been proposed to eliminate the issue of student loan debt. Solutions have been brought to attention by the current president Barack Obama, such as student loan forgiveness, allowing college graduates to apply for a loan forgiveness problem, wiping away their remaining balance of debt. The requirements for this is that the college graduate must be employed by the government or a non profit organization, in addition they must have made at least 120 monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full time for the current employer. However this solution caused some issues as well, such that the student loan forgiveness program will not entirely take away student loan debt, it would just reduce the burden slightly. While it does some favorable things, the solution would end up costing the taxpayers a large sum of $3.5 billion dollars in order to compensate for the student loans. This idea of the taxpayers paying out of their pockets caused a huge issue on the topic.

Another solution that was proposed was something that was more local. Companies have allowed recent college graduates that have started careers with their company right after they graduated have offered contracts to pay for their debt. College graduates that sign contracts with the companies allow the companies to pay off their student loan debt if in return the students work for them for a certain amount of time. Many medical students have found themselves signing ten year contracts with a company in order to pay off their medical school debt. Now even though this solution may seem like these students are selling their soul, each student has the ultimate decisions on whether or not they want to take the offer or not.

Career Options After Law

Getting a degree is not fair enough until and unless you succeed in the bad morality and demerits of the society. Principles, values, norms, and rules are nothing when amended accordingly. If we talk about careers then the wide range of career options can be easily achieved according to interests and skills. Today here, we will discuss career options after doing graduation or masters in law.

To be a professional after law degree is something which is related to work for people in a legal way forever. Law is not bound to be a lawyer, but in fact, law students have other options in this field to choose one of their interest. Legal professionalism is something from which common people are afraid off while dealing. Legal profession looks quite impressive and inspirational but they just need lots of knowledge about constitutional laws and regulations. Reading and keeping the researched mind forever is the key ingredient for the recipe of the successful law professional.

If you want to be an achiever in law career then you need the quick and witty sense of humour, smartness in knowledge with logical points, good control over language while communicating, apt knowledge about the field of discussions.

Ambitious Careers In Law

The holders of the law degree are actually the holders of jobs and services with numerous private and government sector companies/corporates.

1. Judicial Services – Since judiciary is one of the respectable professions, so First focus of law graduates is to clear judicial exams conducted by the Honorable High Courts for their respective States. Judiciary does not only provide good salary but it also provides satisfaction to one’s own conscience by service the Nation.

2. Petitioner/ Litigant: This track of career allows a law student to be a professional lawyer for the public or private sector by choice. The professional path to practice law in courts under the specialized field of law, like Taxation, Constitutional practice nor or Family. The litigant can practice for criminal cases, family matters, civil litigation after qualifying Bar Examination to join Courts of Law to practice.

3. Legal Advisor: Law career also gives advance professional partnership to be a legal counselor with companies and corporate. Advising businessman, and big companies with updated terms and conditions are the main purpose to hold the legal matters. As a legal adviser, you can join both private and public sector.

Private Sector: Private Corporate and Industries, Private Banks, Multi National Companies, etc.
Public Sector: Companies and Industries under government, Nationalized Banks, Legal Advisor for other Government Agencies.

4. Social Worker: Law career options also provide the professionalism as to work for society, as a social worker in legal partnership with various NGOs (Non Government Organizations), and other Civil Organizations which work for the rights of humans, children, people, animals, environment protection, and many other sections of the society.