Education, Intuitive Editorials

How to Apply to College Strategically by Planning Ahead for your Selected Career

Last week, while having dinner with a business associate she brought something to my attention from a different perspective. I wanted to share that strategy here with you today. Now, this post isn’t for everyone as my target audience is high schoolers preparing for college or recent high school graduates that have not applied to a college or university yet. I am aware that people do take breaks so if you’re an adult that’s thinking about going back to school to get your degree then this post is for you too!

My business associate is someone whose worked in the Human Resources field for many years as that’s what she chose to get her degree in and although she now owns her own event planning business her advice is gold. She shared this great advice with me not because she felt I could utilize it but to prove that it worked for her. It helped her get so far along in life that I like to think it helped her succeed in running her own business today. I’m not going to disclose who this particular person is because this is not a feature. What I want this post to be to you is a different way to look at your career goals and a comprehensive guide for your college search so let’s begin.

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Be Strategic

When looking for a college or university to attend, be sure to keep in mind what it is that you’re trying to do with your life. Keep your career goals and objectives in mind at all times! GOOGLE will be your best friend. Do your research before choosing a school and don’t limit yourself to in-state colleges. You want to be sure to choose a college/university that is known for a high percentage of job placement in the field that you’re looking to go into. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal conducted a “Top 25 Recruiter Picks” article in which they listed the top 25 schools that were top rated by recruiters. Although, the article is five years old, it took me a good two seconds to fine that article via Google. Try searching something like “Top Schools for Job Recruitment in IT,” most likely you’ll stumble across something like a top 10 list of schools for this field of study. Be sure to pay attention to search results like that.

Don’t Be Afraid to Invest In Yourself

invest in yourselfTypically, we choose schools based on where we’ll get the most money and where cost will be lower…AND THAT’S SMART. However, what you have to keep in mind is the odds of you landing a job out of a no-name school. What I mean by that is, typically schools with lower tuition are schools that are smaller, up and coming or are looking to attract more students. Nothing’s wrong with that if they have a great job placement rate in your particular field of study but again that’s something that you have to research.

I want you to not shy away from a school based on tuition because you have to keep the end result in mind. If the school with the best job placement in your field has the higher tuition, don’t shy away from that school. Look at it as an investment! All in all you’re still going to leave college owing money (unless you were on a full scholarship) and you have to keep in mind that you’re going to have to pay it back. Even if you decide to go to the less expensive school, if you can’t find a job after graduating,then guess what? It doesn’t matter.

You’re still going to have to pay that money back. I don’t know about you but I’d rather have debt with secure job placement after college. No one wants to stress about student loans but it’s a necessary evil that comes with having a college education. We’re all going to college for the same reasons and reason number one is to make more money. Don’t be that person with a degree that can’t do anything with their degree but work a regular job that they could have gotten without a degree… and most likely it’ll be something you don’t want to do.

I just wanted to share that helpful tip with you and I wish you all the best! Happy researching and if you have a search strategy or website that you prefer to use by all means drop that knowledge below in the comments. Sharing is caring 🙂

Stay Ambitious, Stay Motivated

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