Don’t fret over a career path; take ‘the road less traveled’

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Most young adults prefer the safer path with a four-year college degree becoming almost cliché as the most secure way to go forward in life, but there are other routes: getting a stable job right out of high school, a training program leading to a career, etc. Valley News/Courtesy photo
“The road less traveled” is an iconic idiom that has bounced around for decades, but sadly, not enough young people are taking it as they head into adulthood. Paraphrased from a line in the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” the road less traveled conjures the image of a young person acting independently, freeing themselves from conformity and perhaps making bold choices or even ill-advised, risky ones. It sounds exciting and can lead to spectacular successes – or failures. Most, of course, prefer the safer path, with a four-year college degree becoming almost cliché as the most secure way to go forward in life. And there are other conventional routes: getting a stable job right out of high school, a training program leading to a career, etc. Look, college is
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