If you grew up in a middle-class home like I did, a college degree was more like an expectation than an achievement, and thereafter some kind of stable career was thought to ensue like a magical byproduct.
As a Millennial / Gen-Yer / ’80s child, I grew up with well-educated parents who worked whole careers in one industry and position until retirement and probably expected their kids to go the same route. But then the internet happened. And the economy. And now things are a bit different.