A John G. Kelly Report
John G. Kelly
B.Com., D.PIR., LL.B.,M.S.Sc., M.A. (Jud.Admin.), F.CIS.
The “Coming of Age” generation who are nearing completion of their high school education is being pushed by parents to pursue a dream they had when in high school often with the help of guidance counsellors whose advice is grade point average (GPA) focused. Go to university and get a degree. A baccalaureate of Arts (B.A.) will open the door to good paying jobs and wonderful careers. That was then. But this is now a digital age that’s dominated by science, technology engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) in a “gig” economy and an emergent world of remote work.
It’s true that if you want to access some of the highly regulated prestigious professions, notably law and medicine, you do have to attend university and get not just a baccalaureate degree but a graduate specialty degree such as a JD for law, MD for medicine, DDS for dentistry and B.Eng/Professional engineers. But take heed. A new genre of paralegals, alternative legal services providers in law, the emergence of 28 self-regulated health professions and computer techs in Canada is making inroads into the traditional professions.
Once you gravitate to the traditional university degrees such as BAs in arts and humanities and the variation in undergraduate business degree programs a university education can be an expensive proposition when linked to entry level positions in the private and public sector. The big entry level career positions are becoming fewer and far between. You now need to add on two or more years of graduate study and get an market related M.A. (Political Science or Economics) or MBA (Finance or Marketing) to be considered as a preferred candidate for prestigious entry level career positions. A “coming of age” candidate for university is now looking at a post education accrued bill in the $50,000- $75,000 range and will leave them in post-secondary education debt for 5-10 years. Is this a dream or a nightmare?
University can be a dream if you have a passion for a professional career that you want to ignite and are prepared to chart a university pathway that will open that all important career door. But that dream needs to be yours, not your parents. Nor can it be based on the advice from a guidance counsellor who’s grade point average (GPA) focused. And don’t just think of the prestigious professions. If it’s in the arts and humanities; think social work, teaching, political action, environmental advocacy, then enroll in arts and humanities and go for it. That and not university should be your dream of living life to the fullest.
John G. Kelly
Mentoring & Counselling