The number of students going to college is increasing every year. One of the most obvious reasons why they go to college is because they want to improve their chances of getting a good job and a high income. It has long been accepted that getting a college degree is one of the surest ways of getting a great career. What is puzzling though is that we still hear many cases of college graduates who are unable to find any work after their graduation. We also hear cases of college graduates who are unable to find work that’s related to what they have taken up in college.
One reason that has been cited as to why there are so many college graduates who are unable to find work, or to find a job that has anything to do with they have studied, is a mismatch between the courses that students take up and the jobs that are actually needed by the various industries. Experts on labor say that there is no lack of jobs. The problem is that the skills needed are not matched with the available labor. People take up the wrong college courses.
That mismatch between labor and the needed skills industries is just one reason why students should spend more time on thinking about what courses they should take up in college.
How to Pick the Right Course in College
Picking the right college course for you is one of the most important decisions that you will make concerning your education. It will determine a lot on how your later life would turn out. So making that decision should not be treated lightly. You need to make sure that you will choose the most suitable college course for you. In choosing the right college course, there are many factors that you would have to take into account. You have to consider your talent and inclinations. You have to think about your finances. Finally, you also need to think about the school where you will study.
If you are still at a loss as to what course you would take up in college, here are some steps that you can follow.
List Down Your Interests
The first thing that you have to do is to list down your interests. You should list it down and write them all. When you have written all of the fields of study that you are interested in, then you can list all the possible courses that you can take up under each interest. The best clues as to what interests you would be the topics that you liked at school. Another one would be the jobs that you admired.
Do Some Research
Now, you have a list of all the possible courses that you might take up. What you need to do next is to conduct research regarding each course. The good news is that there are plenty of sources of information that you can turn to. You can turn to books and the internet for information. But the best way that you can find out more about a possible course that you want to take up is to talk to people who are already on that field. They are the ones who can give you some really useful information based on their own experiences.
You should also check the content of the course that you have picked. That would be a list of the subjects that you need to take for the course. That should give you an idea of the kind of work that is ahead of you if you pick a certain course.
Consider the School
Do you have a school in mind that you want to go to? Don’t let your school choice dictate the course that you would take up. It is better if you pick a course first and then look for the best school that offers that course. Don’t just settle for a certain course so that you can enter a certain university or college. That is not a great way to get your career started. You should also visit the schools that you are considering and decide if they have the right facilities to help you.
The Course Duration
Another thing that you need to consider would be the duration of the course that you plan on taking up. How long will it take you before you can finish it? Do you need to go full time or is it better to be a part-time student? Even if you are a full-time student, you would still have other priorities in life and you have to provide time for those as well. You need to have a clear plan on how long you will be taking up the course.
Requirements for Entry
When you have chosen a certain course that you want to study, you need to find out what are the requirements for entry. Each school would have its own requirements. It is also important to keep in mind that certain courses are more competitive than others and so the requirements for those competitive courses would be much stricter. Do you have what it takes to get into the university and the program that you are interested in?
How Much it Would Cost You?
The cost of the college course that you are considering is one of the most important things that you need to think about. College education is not cheap and the cost is rising every year. Some courses would be more expensive than others. Some schools will also charge more for the course that you want to take up. Never go to college without a clear plan on how you will be paying for it. Do you plan on taking out a student loan? If you are planning on getting a student loan, make sure that you know of how much it would cost. There are many who are still unable to pay their student loans long after they have finished college.
Do you plan on working while studying? Then you have to make a clear-cut budget that you will follow. Even if you have your parents helping you to pay for your college education, you need to have a clear financial plan.
Why do you want to go to college? If you are like most people, then your main reason is to get better job opportunities later. You want to get a good job with a high salary. One of the things that you need to check early on would be the job opportunities that you will get when you finish a certain course. How much would be the average pay for the available job? It is easy to check those statistics now.
Making Your Own Decision
Never make the mistake of taking up a course because that is what your parents want you to take up. If you pick a certain course that you don’t really like (because of your parents) then you won’t be happy with your decision. You might end up not finishing it to pursue something that you are really passionate about. So don’t waste your time.
You have a guideline above that you can follow when you are trying to choose a college course that you would be taking up. Hopefully all these information can help you.