Investing in your education is never bad. With a degree, you’ll find it easier to make ripples in any field. You’ll also have knowledge to lean on as you start in the daunting world of work. When choosing a degree in the modern world, though, it’s important to think things through.
University education no longer guarantees a job. Many uni leavers have no choice but to head into low paying jobs with no relation to their studies. After so much time and debt, that can be a hard pill to swallow.
The good news is, taking a practical approach to the degree you choose could stop this happening to you. You could argue that impractical degrees are the primary cause of this problem. To ensure you don’t make the same mistake, consider the following options before settling.
Look to the future
Far from being all about essays and education, a degree should be a step towards your future.
As such, this is the first thing worth considering. Ultimately, of course, you should pick a subject you’re passionate about. It is worth noting, though, that you should spare a thought to where that course could take you. Often, this is as simple as laying out a clear career plan. Those who take classes such as archeology, for instance, should be clear about what they wish to do with that. They should also be aware of what they need to do to achieve it. Failure to think ahead is often what leads to those years of studying failing to result in a career of any note.
Fit study around your life
Often, disillusionment also comes about as a result of getting caught in uni life. It can be disorienting to surround yourself in studies, and then finding yourself out in the cold. The best way around this would be to get out in the real world while you’re studying. On a practical level, that also ensures you can earn money while learning. This could mean studying part-time and working on the side. It could even mean studying online. If you’re already out in the working world, it may also be worth considering a course which will further the career you’re in. A nurse, for instance, may wish to advance their degree with a nursing bachelor. The best way to achieve that would be to sign up for something like this rn to bsn online program. That way, you already have the footing of a career, but open yourself for promotion and pay rises at the same time.
Be sure this is what you want
On a fundamental level, it’s also worth being sure this path leads to what you want. Many students dedicate years to study they don’t fully intend to follow. While most employers will look kindly on any degree, that will mean wasting your time to a large extent. Don’t let it happen by being sure that the subject you study could lead to a career you’ll be happy in.
I agree that you don’t neccersarily need a degree for a decent job anymore! I did History at uni and now I’m a Marketing manager and blogger!
Yes you really don’t these days but it is still worth having one.
Some fantastic advice here! I always think it’s important to look to the future when it comes to doing degrees.
Yes it is.
This is great advice, I wish I’d gotten it while I was deciding on my degree; I ended up with a degree that I found interesting, but really was completely unrelated to what I wanted to do. It meant having to go back into higher education at a later date to get the qualifications I actually needed.
Same here. I have a degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in International HR and I don’t use them.
These are some great tips. I’m not looking for pursuing a degree right now but if I had to I’d definitely choose one that I can see beneficial in my future.
This is a really helpful post with some awesome tips in. I am sure anyone thinking about a degree will find this so helpful.
I hope many do. Thanks Elizabeth.
They are many good jobs that don’t require a degree still these are fab tips!
Yes there are loads Nadia. But this post is applicable to those who want to study for a degree.
I am glad that what I study for is the field I am in now but know people who struggled because whilst the degree looked good on paper it did not translate to job sector.
Yes many are dealing with that now.
These are some great tips and really helpful not only for me but also to others, so important to pursue a degree that will definitely help to an individual in the future.
Yes it is. Thanks Kristine.
Nice post and very helpful most especially those who are currently entering for a college course and want to ensure that the degree that they get can really help them in the future.
Glad you found the post useful.
Great advice. These days with the cost of degrees rising it is important to think carfeully about which degree and why xx
I agree. You have to think carefully before you get a degree.
Great advice and my sister is going for a degree so i will point her in this direction!
Pls do. Thank you.
You do need to do research about the jobs that are out there. And then find ways to make your talents fit into those available jobs.
So true. We need to go for jobs that suit us.
I didn’t do a degree, because my chosen field didn’t require it, but I sometimes wish I did, because people with degrees still get chosen over me for jobs!
Yea I know what you mean.
My son chose a degree based on his passion, I think you always study better if its something you enjoy
Yes it is.
This is a really helpful post for those looking to do a degree. I wish I had done
I totally agree with buy-in being a huge aspect. You want to make sure you’re devoted to your path!
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