Posted September 17, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Hope is Not a Tactic
Too many students today are choosing their educational pathway based on little more than hope. But hope is not a tactic. Find out what is, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome—this is The Perna Syndicate! Do you ever think about how much hope influences a young person’s choices? Hope is an important emotion and motivator—but by itself, it’s not enough to base your future on.
Too many young people are graduating high school and entering the next phase of their education with no more of a plan than hope. They hope, once they complete their higher education, that there’s going to be a high-paying job waiting for them at the end of it.
And to be fair, that used to be the case most of the time. But the world has changed. As tuition costs continue to grow exponentially, too many students are going off and racking up thousands of dollars of student debt, often based on nothing more than hope that this step will pay off in the end. Sadly, that hope is often disappointed.
You know what’s a tactic? Research. Exploring and planning and choosing a career direction based on facts, not feelings—that’s a tactic. Purposeful education normalizes the kind of in-depth thought and planning that students need as they make decisions about their postsecondary training.
Young people deserve to enter the next phase of their education with more than just hope. They need confidence, direction, and a goal that has a clear payoff at the end of it. They need education with purpose so that one day, they can pursue employment with passion. Hope is not a tactic, but purpose is.
Thanks for tuning in to The Perna Syndicate this week! I appreciate the difference you are making every day in the lives of young people. We’ll see you back here next week for more insights on careers, education, and the workforce. Until then, I’m your host, Mark Perna. Take care!