The Strange Education Paradox: Enormous work to help young adults get into college (4 years). Minimal work to help young adults after college (40-50 years).

My initial work in the education space was the creation of The Learning Consultants, Connecticut’s largest private education consulting firm.  I left practicing law because I had a genuine calling for educating and counseling others to reach their potential. It was my mission. I wish I could claim entrepreneurial foresight in predicting that my work was fortuitously timed to coincide with a massive paradigm shift for supplemental education. But, it wasn’t.  I started my company with an idealistic mindset. That it led to great fortune was – and at some level still is – a surprise.

In the last few years, as The Learning Consultants expanded throughout Connecticut to the point where I don’t necessarily need to put much energy into the company to pay the bills, I have focused again on the same mission – educating and counseling others to reach their potential.  My specific focus is on career counseling because I believe it is the biggest area where I can positively impact others.

My hope is that once again I will have timed my idealistic mission to coincide with the a new career development revolution. Sure, I have selfish reasons for this wish. But I also have been perplexed why more people haven’t thought through the following:

Parents spend an enormous amount of time, money, and energy ensuring that their children get into the right college. This makes sense.  College is 4 years of life.  And, it is a major turning point in life.

Most parents spend a minimal amount time, money, and energy ensuring that their children get into the right career.  This makes no sense.  Careers are 40-50 (maybe even 60 for this generation) years.  And, careers aren’t just turning points in life but life itself.

My not so subtle message to parents: invest in career development for your children.  Here, my self-absorbed interests coincides with my genuine belief as to what will serve them best.