Seasons of Learning: Talks to Graduates on Life after College

Seasons of Learning: Talks to Graduates on Life after College

Seasons of Learning: Talks to Graduates on Life after College

Seasons of Learning: Talks to Graduates on Life after College

Synopsis

The first in-depth treatment of the school/work transition, this book raises the level of discussion above simple "how to" strategies. Howard considers the values, choices, responsibilities, and challenges facing the student leaving college or graduate/professional school. The transition from school to work entails a reconstruction of experience and of the self that marks the beginning of a crucial stage in the course of a life. Besides shifts in the aims and values attached to learning for school and for work, there are commitments and costs involved in professional life that require special consideration if one is to avoid the hazards of burnout, narrowness, and the loss of cherished skills. To survive personally and professionally in the new, ruthless economy, one needs to be highly adaptable and able to communicate well. In this thought-provoking book Howard underscores the utility of a broad liberal education as a preparation for work.

Excerpt

Seasons of Learning is about one of the more dramatic, difficult transitions most of us undergo in life: the transition from school to work. At the heart of that transition -- more a transformation, really -- are changes in the ways and reasons why we learn. the end of school hardly marks the cessation of learning but, rather, a new beginning, one fraught with much suspense and uncertainty. There is no escaping it.

That is the reason for this book: to examine that crossing. What happens when you cross the divide from learning for yourself to learning for work? "More than you could ever imagine" is the quick, intimidating answer. "Nothing you can't handle" is the more reflective response. Your education has prepared you for it in ways that have strengthened your resolve and capacity to cope, ways that will surprise you. in a word, you can.

While broadly concerned with learning's changing values in the loom of a lifetime, this book is addressed mainly to recent or soon-to-be graduates of colleges and universities. the book is also addressed to their teachers and advisors to whom it devolves to explain the realities of the workplace, so far as they . . .

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