We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
While getting a college degree dramatically improves a person's potential earnings over time, the sheepskin alone is not the sine qua non.
Certainly not, especially in a time when college degrees are so commonplace and when graduate degrees have lost their economic, social, and academic value through dilution.
Listed in the article are not things you learn in college, but things you can learn wherever you are: high school, college, armed forces, crappy job, or on the street. Basic life lessons which I began learning at 12. I have had paid jobs since then. That's where I learned about life even though my book-larnin' has been a blessing to me.
They could or should have said "should learn before leaving high school" because that is when adulthood is supposed to begin. Well before my time, college students wore suits to class. It was a serious adult endeavor. We don't know what it is now, except that they will give you As (or rarely Bs which used to be Ds and Fs) for paying the bill because the customer is always right except in math, physics or chem. Which is why employers like to see the tough courses and the demanding majors in college grads. They grade on curves, so the right stuff shows to potential employers.
Now that I am in a position to interview new hires at our place, it has been a very interesting experience. We are finally doing quite well after post-start-up challenges. I'll write up a post about our hiring process and our hiring filters when I have a chance.
We get 1000 applicants for each job posting at our little shop, but we do not delete the "overqualified" here if they are willing to take a chance with low wages to start.
There's a few they missed that I would rank above most of the ones they did mention:
Learn to think critically. Too often, people hear the first good appeal about something and immediately jettison any ability to look at the issue from another side. Ask them to dismantle the position they hold on a rational basis and they shut down. See Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming...er...Climate Change.
Learn to work and think Independently. These days, everything is a group project, where everyone's opinions are not only sought, but treated as equally valid. Reality does not correspond to this warm fuzzy view of the universe. Sometimes you need to make decisions due to a variety of factors where external input is not helpful, or creates delays which would exacerbate the situation. To make these decisions, you need to have a degree of confidence in your ability to evaluate a situation, formulate a plan of action, and execute it. If all you are used to is holding hands and singing Kumbaya....
most all companies will not hire you if you're overqualified, out of fear you're just going to quit again as soon as something closer to your education level comes around (and for most people/job combinations that's probably a good guess, unless someone deliberately chooses that lower paying/qualified profession out of passion rather than need).
Result is a lot of highly educated people on the dole, while there's a shortage of people to fill lower qualified positions.
A lot of those college and university degree unemployed would be willing to be trained to fill those jobs, but nobody is willing to give them the opportunity because of the above fear that the investment will be lost on them a few months later.
Always look for a place to land. Never assume anything about a job unless you own the company. ALWAYS have your resume ready and up to date. Create and maintain an up to date, current, personal history with: All residences since birth, all jobs since high school, all relevant numbers (SSN, birthdates of your children, childrens and spouses SSNs, etc), all schools, all education semester by semester with all grades and all training schools, online training, and on the job training, all associations joined with start and stop dates and all references that you can think of, both professional and personal. Also, an up to date and current portfolio if that is a necessity in your field.
Some of you will never need this level of detail in your career. Most of you will. Never assume anything about your job unless you are the owner of the company.