Public Agenda

Life After High School

Young People Talk About Their Hopes and Prospects


This survey of young adults examines the decisions they make about work or college. We found the vast majority of young adults, of all races, strongly believe in the value of higher education. But the study raises questions about the shortage of high school counselors and the economic pressures felt by many young adults, especially minorities. The study also portrays the hit-or-miss career path experienced by those who enter the work force with a college or technical degree.

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