W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 1 7 W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 1 7 Parents often do not realize the inf luence they wield on their child’s future career, even subconsciously. In the book Other Ways to Win, professors Kenneth Gray and Edwin Herr refer to the, “One way to win mentality.7 ” This mindset assumes the more time and money put into education, the better the odds of success. Over time, generations of parents have unknowingly and unintentionally contributed to the notion that four- year degrees are, by default, the only option to earn a good living. This has created an inevitable supply and demand imbalance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of overqualified and underemployed four-year graduates will continue to increase as we head toward 2022.8 A growing number of economists, employers and academics agree we’re producing too many university graduates for the high-growth jobs of our economy. The flood of four-year grads increases the competition for all jobs, adding pressure to the already- stressful job search. Meanwhile, employers in high-growth fields struggle to fill open positions with people who have the career-focused skills and training. W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 1 6 Other ways to . Section 3 Don’t just default