Choosing a College Degree
A lot of thought goes into choosing a college degree that will suit your needs. Many people make the mistake of only looking toward higher earnings when enrolling in college and end up with a pile of debt and an incomplete degree. The best way to choose a degree that will satisfy your goals is to consider all of your options and weigh them with your career goals and interests.
What is My Main Goal?
When you think about a college degree, you should be thinking about the primary job that you want to have for the rest of your working days. This should inspire you to consider a few things. Of course, money is a major concern. You will want a job that will at least, pay the bills. You will need to be happy at your job. Too many people think they can suffer through their work as long as it pays enough but do you really want to hate what you will be doing for the next 40 years? Lastly, you will need to be realistic in your goals. Not everybody is suited for every type of job. Everybody has limitations and recognizing them early on will save you from changing your major and setting yourself up for a fall.
Am I Ready?
It is important to be ready for the challenge and commitment of college before you enroll. College is a huge time and financial commitment and if you or your family will be paying for it, you want to make it count. Your grades are permanent so they will follow you, even if you drop out and want to try again in a few years; they will still be there! Here are a few questions to ask yourself before enrolling in any educational program.
- Do I have the time to spend in a classroom, online, and studying? I will need between 10 and 20 hours per week.
- Am I ready to commit 2 to 10 years of my life to schoolwork, depending on my chosen field?
- Am I willing to complete all assignments, go to school regularly, and see this through to completion?
- Am I financially ready to go to college and am I prepared to pay back thousands of dollars worth of loans?
Which Type of College Should I Attend?
If you have deemed yourself ready for college then you will have to decide where you want to apply. There are literally tens of thousands of colleges in the United States and even more abroad. Whether you want to be a computer programmer or a brain surgeon, you will typically take the same courses in the first two years of school. By attending a community college, you will save thousands of dollars. There are no universities that do not let people transfer into their program. Some people want to stay at the same college or university for their entire college career but think about doing this because you will save a lot of money and have the experience of different colleges which can be quite nice!
For those of you who have physical limitations or time constraints, online learning is a valid option! Online courses are offered from many schools and can be completed at any degree level from Associate’s to PhD.