But What If I Don't Want to Go to College? : A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education / Edition 3

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
The ever rising cost of a four-year college degree, the fast-changing complexion of the work world, and the author's contention, based on his professional experience, that "college isn't for everyone" provide the underlying rationale for this straightforward and comprehensive guide to alternative education. Four chapters, illustrated with copious tables and charts, explore how to pick the right career. They provide descriptions of career opportunities in fields as diverse as agriculture, construction, and hospitality to technical trades, transportation, and the armed service. They also identify where to find the training needed to be successful, and detail how to locate and apply for specific jobs. Appendixes provide information about national accrediting associations, supply an abbreviated list of essential guides and directories (both print and Web based), offer a check sheet of essential employability skills, list the educational requirements and earnings for more than 700 jobs (along with the number of workers in each job, the 2002 median annual earnings, and projections for 2012 ), and give a state-by-state listing of cooperative education programs. This resource is especially valuable for high school and vocational school counselors and will be useful to adults looking for non-college options.
School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
The advantages and disadvantages of 12 basic types of vocational programs are discussed in the opening section of this third edition. Unfortunately, oversimplification occurs throughout. For example, "The fact is there are only two good reasons for going to a four-year college or university." One is a desire to study traditional subjects; the other is that a career goal can only be reached by going this route. In the personal interview section, the author states, "Do well in it, and you'll probably be hired." No matter how well one does, competition is always a factor and it isn't really discussed. The book is organized in two parts, "Career Education-Alternative Routes to Success" and "Career Opportunities-and How to Find Them." Appendixes list accrediting associations; directories; employable skills; jobs, education, and pay; and cooperative-education programs. While the chapter "Getting Started in Your New Career" goes through writing resumes and cover letters, it offers only one example of each, hardly any discussion on Internet sites beyond Monster.com, and little advice ("It is unethical for you to copy more complex, sample cover letters and résumés…."). Readers might find helpful the charts that match up occupations with earnings and education through 2012. Additional purchase only.
—Kelly CzarneckiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Booknews
Shows what kind of alternative education is available and where to get it for every type of career and talent--and the minimum education needed to get the first job. Part 2 explores all the career and talent areas that do not require a college degree for entry-level jobs and a successful career track. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Harlow Unger

A veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian, Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon and is the author of sixteen books, including five other biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He lives in New York.

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