When do we start to think about our career pursuits, and how seriously do we actually entertain the possibilities of realizing that goal?

When should we start to seek out the details of all the intricacies that are entailed in pursuing that particular pathway?

There are so many questions that have to be answered.

Life is not easy. We know this. And there is no real secret that knowledge will provide the opportunity for success.

I’d love to go into classrooms with high school students, and just ask them, “what are your career expectations, aspirations, and how are you going to get there? How much do you know about your green pastures? Is it worth the effort of checking into the profession before you spend dubious amounts of money on something that you’re not sure of? Did I mention that college is expensive? Who is going to pay for this education? Mom, Dad, or do you need to research financial aid, whether it is from scholarships, loans, or grants? You have an infinite smorgasbord of opportunity, how would you like to build your plate?”

Ever entertained the thought that higher education is too costly at the present time and decide to go later when you have the money? I realize education is expensive, but stop and think for a moment; how far will we go without higher education? To the moon? The corporate office? Maybe McDonald’s?

I don’t want to say that everyone who doesn’t go to college is stupid or needs to go to a local university. There are plenty of people in our lives who have attained standards of living with hard work, perseverance, or mental and physical attributes. They are the exception, not the rule, as far as I am concerned.

How are you going to get to where you’re going?

Dennis Crocker, Livermore Falls

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