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College Beat: Is College Right for Me and My Career Path?
Written by Christi Given | April 24, 2015
Determining whether or not you should go to college is a pretty major life choice. When deciding on a college, there should be several factors in making your final decision. If you choose to go to college, you are furthering your education in order to invest in your career, if applicable, and also improving your skills and your experience. If you are attending a state school or university, you are going to be investing significantly more in your career by choosing to major or minor in a particular field. This is common sense, but YOU need to determine if that investment is either a.) needed or b.) wanted. How do you determine if you even need to go to school?
How to Determine If College Is for You
1. Decide on your field of study or career path: If you have NO clue what you want to do, I would honestly recommend attending junior college for two years and then transferring to a state school or university. If you are not sure which college you want to attend or whether you have the finances, a junior college might be the best fit for you because you would be able to discover areas of interest and/or different career options for you. If you choose to apply for college admission, make sure you are clear on the prerequisites and also that you apply early.
Click here to read advice on applying to colleges early, according to The Princeton Review.
2. Determine if education is mandatory for your field of work: If you are desiring to be a teacher, doctor, nurse or lawyer, yes, you absolutely need to further your education, and some careers require a master’s, MD or PhD. Decide what you want to study and what you want to pursue in life. Find your passion and follow what you are gifted in or have potential in. Life is TOO short to pursue a career you dread or do something you are not cut out to do. God has given us talents and gifts for His glory, and we need to find out what we are talented and gifted in, expand our knowledge in that field and then apply ourselves.
In my view, increasing your education can’t be harmful for you. But if it is financially astronomical and unnecessary, then I would say go for your goals if you are able without it. Each person is different, but overall, college is a great experience and you learn so much about yourself and also create a discipline and perseverance you may not otherwise gain anywhere else. I recommend college if you can and are willing to learn and take risks. Not to mention, attending college doesn’t hurt your resume.
3. Determine the location and compile a list of potential schools: It is wise to prepare and plan in advance regarding making your choice for college. Decide if you want to apply, and make sure to evaluate the cost, location and the special majors and minors that the schools offer. Don’t apply to a school that doesn’t cover your field of work or potential career choice. If you want to be a filmmaker, go to film school. You don’t necessarily need a B.A. from an accredited university for all fields, especially in entertainment or entrepreneurial work.
Once you have narrowed down the potential schools, make sure to visit each and take a tour.
Click here for some advice from The Princeton Review about how to find the best school for you.
4. Decide if you are willing to invest financially in furthering your education: Why take out student loans and/or pay out of pocket unless it is vital for your career? Unless you have parents or a relative who is willing to pay your way, why attend college if it isn’t needed for your career? You need to make the final decision. You get to make the final choice, unless your parents are paying and requiring you to attend a specific school. Pray about your decision and find out if there are grants, scholarships or other ways to lower costs as well.
5. Look at your long-term goals: If you are uneducated and expect to be paid more than minimum wage, it might be time for a reality check. In most cases, you need to have a degree higher than an A.A. degree in order to make a decent salary nowadays. If anything, depending on your field of work, hiring has become more competitive. Some places are only hiring people with a B.A. degree or higher-level education. You need to choose your career, and/or if you decide to open a business, see if the long-term goal would be worth financially investing in.
PI Girls, do you think college is right for you? Do you agree it’s important to further your education? Comment below!
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