I'm going to rant briefly, but please bear with me, there is a point to this. I've seen a recurring theme here: It concerns people who have very few aspirations in life and are afraid to commit to any of the few notions they have. Basically the thread I see over and over starts like this: What fields can I study that will make the most money? Here's the first big clue: If money is what this is about, why bother with college? I know people with only a high school education at best. who nevertheless built significant businesses around renting and hauling dumpsters. I know another guy who started an excavation business and now owns several airplanes for fun. I know people who erect radio towers and set up antennas. I know a family that started a crane service company. They all live good lives. You can find honor, a sense of accomplishment, and often a very good living even when doing a dirty job. See Mike Rowe's web site for more details and opinions. So which professional fields make money? Who says professional work pays all that well? The people I cited earlier have no student loan debt; they own significant businesses free and clear; and they have the ability to explore their curiosity --wherever it leads them. They don't need to make piles of money to live well. The entrepreneurs I mentioned are well aware of the opportunities. They see one and they make the most of it. In contrast to those entrepreneurs, those with career questions are often lost. There are opportunities all over the place, and they know so little about what they want, that they're actually afraid to start. Conversely, I see questions posted by those who are too focused. They're stuck on doing a very specific kind of research and they won't consider anything else --and then they want the readers here to figure out what career options might be out there. My question is this: how did we get so disconnected from the working world that young adults have no idea of what to expect upon graduation? Yes, academia is supposed to be an ivory tower and all that. Yet, sooner or later we need to put those ivory tower ideas in to practice. Aside of high school guidance counselors who only seem to know enough to shovel students off to the next college, what resources are available to students where they can learn about the working world? And thus, my question for discussion: How can we instill reasonable aspirations and expectations of careers so that students can make the most of their education?