Are you going to college just for fun? I guess not. You want to earn a college degree so that you get a good start in your career path after graduation. This is most of college students' goal. Hence, it is important to consider what the degree to pursue and which courses to be taken so that your college's degree will help you the most when you start your career after graduation. Here are 4 tips to choose your college degree that in-line with your career goal.
1. Choosing a Career
In deciding what college degree to pursue, you can work backward by determine first what career you intend to involve after earning your degree. You may choose a hot career which gets the best starting salary for fresh graduates. But, be alert that a hot job will not be so hot forever and in demand in next 10 years. You may want to consider factors such as projected job market move for the selected career, salary increment rate, long-range opportunities and type of skills required; lastly type of career you are dreaming for.
2. Choose Double Majors Or Major/Minor Combination
You may choose a double major primarily for academic/intellectual purpose. Most employers do not place a premium on a double major. You may need extra one or two semesters to obtain a second major and it does not particularly enhance your degree marketability except for some special cases such as a chemistry technical writer preferred students with a double major in English & Chemistry or a health policy and business major for a job as hospital administrator. Hence, you decide whether the career you plan for is really required you to have a double major; if not, you may want to save the extra one or two semesters and start your career earlier.
3. Choose A College Degree With Course That Meet Your Career Goal
Many colleges are offering same degree program that meet your requirement. But, be alert that although each college degree program is named the same, their courses may be different; some courses may have a specialization area to focus in while others may teach on general topics. Hence, you need to carefully read through the details of each course offered in the college degree program before you decide one to go for. The best option is the one with the most courses that in line with your career goal.
4. Earn Your Degree Online Or Offline
Although earning your degree online is the most convenient way of study because of it's flexibility of study at your own pace, not all students will be successful be an online students. Hence, online education might not be your call if you are not right candidate for online education. Be sure to know which channel to pursue your degree, online or offline. If you prefer to go for online college degree, be sure to evaluate yourself to ensure that online education is right for you. Many colleges have a self assessment to test whether you are suitable to pursue your degree online.
Hopeful the above 4 tips will trigger your mind when you are planning for college degree and choose a degree that you like and in-line with your career goal.