There Is Life After College

What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Jeffrey J. Selingo

William Morrow, April 2016

From the bestselling author of College Unbound comes a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate parents’ anxiety and prepare their college-educated child to successfully land a good job after graduation.

Saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, today’s college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on their parents for years to come—a reality that has left moms and dads wondering: What did I pay all that money for?

There Is Life After College offers students, parents, and even recent graduates the practical advice and insight they need to jumpstart their careers. Education expert Jeffrey Selingo answers key questions—Why is the transition to post-college life so difficult for many recent graduates? How can graduates market themselves to employers that are reluctant to provide on-the-job training? What can institutions and individuals do to end the current educational and economic stalemate?—and offers a practical step-by-step plan every young professional can follow. From the end of high school through college graduation, he lays out exactly what students need to do to acquire the skills companies want.

Full of tips, advice, and insight, this wise, practical guide will help every student, no matter their major or degree, find real employment—and give their parents some peace of mind.

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About the Author

Jeffrey J. Selingo has reported on higher education for two decades as an award-winning journalist and author of three books. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, where he writes weekly about college and universities, their future, and how students can succeed in a fast-changing economy. Jeff is the former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he worked for 18 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles. At the Chronicle, he covered many of the pressing issues facing higher education, including admissions, student debt, and university finances. In 2013, he published College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, a New York Times best selling education book, and in 2014 he authored a follow-up book, MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he is a LinkedIn Influencer, where you can follow his blog posts on higher education. Jeff has appeared on ABC, CNN, PBS, CNBC, and NPR. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University. He has also received honorary degrees from Philadelphia University in Pennsylvania and Morningside College in Iowa. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.