What to Consider If You’re Considering University


A degree is no longer a passport to success in today’s job market.

Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that’s no longer the case. For some students, it’s still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque.

Yet parents, guidance counselors, and politicians still push higher education as if it’s the only option for building a secure future. In this book, Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison set out to explore the many educational opportunities and career paths open to Canadian high-school students and those in their twenties. This book is designed to help young adults decide whether to pursue a degree, enrol for skills training, or investigate one of the many other options that are available.


Ken Coates and Bill Morrison cover all the stuff that universities won't tell you and that guidance counsellors don't know. If you're a student or parent who's confused about the bewildering array of options available for post-secondary education -- and who isn't ? -- this book is the best investment you can make.

Coates and Morrison’s style is accessible, and they make important points about the shifting job market and the devaluing of university diplomas.

Publishers Weekly

Gives the straight goods on what to expect the world of post-secondary education to look like.


About the Authors

Ken S. Coates

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Ken S. Coates

Ken S. Coates is a prolific author whose works include Canada’s Colonies, The Modern North, North to Alaska, many academic books, and documentaries. He has served as a consultant to northern governments and organizations and is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. He lives in Saskatoon.

Bill Morrison

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison was a professor and administrator at universities in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia, and a visiting professor in the United States before he retired in 2010. Morrison has published fourteen books, twelve of them in collaboration with Kenneth Coates. He lives in Ladysmith, B.C.