A Degree Without Vision
A degree without vision is like building a house no one will live in. The purpose of going to school, as one of my friends put it, is a means to an end- a JOB! However it is more than that. College is a way (of several) that will allow you to sharpen your thinking skills, higher education continues to sharpen your learning ability, your thinking ability, and your innovation capacity. The real question you should be asking is “why do I want to go to college?” Answer this and you will have your reason for putting in 4-5 years of hard work with little to no pay. I want to give you three ideas for using your education to help you map out a solid future. One or more (or none) of these may work for you. So take them worth a grain of salt.
- Take 6 months to 1 year off school in between high school and college to work in the field you think you may be interested in. You will probably be working at the bottom of the barrel, low pay and long hours, but you will get an inside view of the industry/service you are most interested in. If you want to be a nurse, maybe go get a job in a hospital as a candy striper. Get some work experience, and see if you like working in the environment.
- Go to a four-year college right out of high school. If you start college when you’re 18, you can be done by 22-23 years old, and you have plenty of time to work and build your resume in your 20’s. If you go this route, unless you know exactly what you want to do without a doubt, make sure your degree prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities. If need be, you can focus your education in a Master’s degree at a later date. I highly recomend using a tool to determine your strengths (like MAPS) early, so that you can have a healthy idea of what to focus on in your studies. I might also recomend participating in internships and/or work-study programs in college to determine you interest level and aptitude for a particular field at the entry level position.
- The last option I might recomend is the Jr College route. This could be a great option for the exceptionally determined individual, especially the student who is working part or full time as an 18 year old. With this route, it is very important to have a clear plan and purpose, the drop out rates at this level are extraordinarily high. After 2 years at the community college MOST credits will transfer to MOST four-year schools, so changing interests and majors at this level isn’t too much of a money/time waster.
College without purpose is a waste of time. If your education is setting you up for more opportunities and longevity in the workforce, when it is worth the price you pay. It is possible to determine your ROI (return on investment) for a college degree. Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) I would be happy to show you how to find the ROI on your major.
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