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Review: Higher Education

August 6, 2010

In today’s economy, college graduates can’t always find a job right away.   They find themselves living at home again, dealing with their parents while they’re trying to find a job, and quite often, they’re overwhelmed by it all.  Kenneth Jedding, a therapist and career counselor, has written a book to help them make it through what can be a difficult period in their lives.  Some of the topics he covers are:

  • How to get your foot in the door through networking, internships, etc.
  • Surviving and making the best of entry level jobs
  • Dealing with relationships – you need to like yourself first
  • Dealing with parents and living at home after years of freedom
  • Staying positive when things don’t go your way

When I was pitched Higher Education: On Life, Landing a Job, and Everything Else They Didn’t Teach You in College by Kenneth Jeddings, it was suggested that I might want to include it in a graduation gift guide.   Since I didn’t plan to write a post like that, I thought I might skim the book, do a spotlight post on it, and then pass it on to Vance.  When I picked the book up to skim it, I found it to be very readable and interesting, so I ended up reading the whole thing.

I found Jedding’s writing to be engaging and humorous (even self-deprecating at times) and full of good information for young people.  A lot of the information included is really common sense, but it’s still worth reading since it reinforces what you already know.  I felt like Jedding’s style of writing was great for a book like this – it was engaging and conversational but never “talked down” to the reader.  I think the best part of this book is the positive message included – Jedding stresses having faith in yourself and gives coping strategies when you start to feel down.  The book did become repetitious a few times, but overall, I found it to be full of great information for young people.

Review copy provided by Meryl Moss Media.  I am an IndieboundAffiliate.


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  1. August 6, 2010 7:11 am

    I wish I had a book like that when I graduated. I had no clue what I was doing, I took the first job that came my way, ended up changing it in just a year and a half. Fortunately everything turned out good but it still would have been great to have something like that

  2. August 6, 2010 7:21 am

    Sounds like it could be a good grad. gift or perhaps given to the grad the semester before graduation!

  3. August 6, 2010 7:46 am

    Definitely sounds like a good and interesting grad gift.

  4. August 6, 2010 8:20 am

    I know I was overwhelmed after graduation! And I do wish I had something like this… but I had awesome parental support too!

  5. August 6, 2010 8:25 am

    Great gift idea! And what fun that you liked it well enough to read the whole thing!

  6. August 6, 2010 10:05 am

    It probably would make a great graduation gift, though. It’s nice when books like this are actually “readable.”

  7. August 6, 2010 10:36 am

    If only my students would read books like this when they were freshmen!

  8. stacybuckeye permalink
    August 6, 2010 11:05 am

    Did Vance like it too?

  9. August 6, 2010 12:03 pm

    My kids aren’t at this stage yet, but I do think it would be helpful to remember this book when they are. I am glad that you picked it back up and were able to get into it. I also echo Stacey wondering if Vance liked it as well.

  10. August 6, 2010 12:24 pm

    I think this book would be a nice change from Seuss’s Oh the Places You Will Go that graduates usually get.

  11. August 6, 2010 12:49 pm

    I’ll *hopefully* be graduating this year, so this book would be good.

  12. August 6, 2010 1:23 pm

    This would be perfect for a couple of my cousins who are having a hard time finding work after leaving college!

  13. August 6, 2010 2:04 pm

    I definitely think this would be helpful. It’s a lot harder for graduates than it once was and I know I could have used some advice.

  14. August 6, 2010 2:15 pm

    These days a good source book is a nice tool to own.

  15. August 6, 2010 2:49 pm

    sounds like a great book for grads. It can be tough right out of college.

  16. August 6, 2010 5:16 pm

    It sounds as if there’s a lot of valuable advice and insight in this book. Thanks for a great review!

  17. August 6, 2010 9:55 pm

    I feel like preordering a copy of this book even though my son is only 5! Sounds like a great idea and every helpful.

  18. August 7, 2010 12:53 am

    Sounds like it might be valuable even before graduation. Like Stacy, I wonder: what is Vance’s opinion?

  19. August 7, 2010 12:55 am

    I’ll keep this book in mind for future gift giving. I know many graduates these days are very frustrated when, after years of study, they can’t find a job in their chosen field. Sounds like this book has lots of good suggestions.

  20. August 7, 2010 7:16 am

    A title to keep in mind for gift giving.

  21. August 8, 2010 12:21 pm

    Going to get this one for my son. Hope he understands how life is about coping with little surprises and that nothing is scripted in the real world. Tools that will enable him to live a successful and happy life.

  22. August 8, 2010 4:17 pm

    this sounds like an interesting read. I know of a few people out of college and facing that problem…and even being IN college can be a bit tough to adjust too. Nice review. Glad it’s written with an interesting writing style.

  23. August 8, 2010 6:51 pm

    This is a subject that has to be read by most students. It is very hard to be among the few who are yet to find a job, and everyone around you graduates and moves on. I’ve seen quite a few of my friends despair so much that you never know what to tell them. Great review!

  24. August 9, 2010 7:47 pm

    Hi Kathy, I do find that books like these helped me a lot in my early career life. This one sounds very informative too and I’m sure lots of young people will benefit from it.

  25. August 15, 2010 1:36 pm

    This sounds like a book I should pick up as I’m going to be graduating this year and who knows what will happen after i pick up my diploma?

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