As the world gets more complex, there are more and more degree level programs opening up to fill the roles needed by society, but how do you know you are picking the right course for you, and for your future?
When I went into College, the technology world was buzzing. It was the height of the technology bubble and everyone was talking about six figure salaries and there was a new start-up making millions of dollars, every week.
Then the tech bubble collapsed, and my career options looked limited. Many high quality engineers flooded the market, taking jobs well beneath what they were used to, and people like myself, just getting out of college, were given the most remedial jobs.
Don’t let this happen to you. Work at understanding the market trends, and where you can fit yourself in three to five years time, in order to give yourself the best chance for an amazing future.
The first step of college planning is to take a self-assessment. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing?
Next, you should look at your high school education, and decide, what were you good at, and what does your current high school marks allow you to take in the post-secondary world?
Lastly, you should look at market indicators, and what are the various career options probably going to do by the time you have finished your degree.
I know many nurses that started a few years ago, that are going to be very happy with the employment opportunities available to them when they are done, but those just starting, might find themselves with a huge pool of competition as schools try to push out as many nurses as possible over the next five years.
Going from High School to College or from the working world back to school can be stressful, and difficult, but there are many things you can do to make things easier.