Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire

"Could choosing a college degree only for a job actually change your job prospects?"

In a Wall Street Journal article dated November 10 2013, Peter Cappelli, The George W. Taylor Professor of Management of the Wharton School addresses the complex challenges facing college graduates today. He questions the commonly accepted advice of choosing majors solely based on the economy. 

It all makes sense. Except for one thing: It probably won't work. The trouble isthat nobody can predict where the jobs will be—not the employers, not the schools, not the government officials who are making such loud calls for vocational training. The economy is simply too fickle to guess way ahead of time, and any number of other changes could roil things as well. Choosing the wrong path could make things worse, not better. Click here to read more.