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Choosing A Degree That Counts

1 July 2010 One Comment

Most college students are looking for the perfect degree that will propel them into fortunes after they graduate from school. Unfortunately, many of them are looking in the wrong places. With the multitude of degrees offered at major universities across the globe it’s sometimes tough to find one that not only suits your personality type, but also your career goals in the future. There’s a distinct difference between finding something you enjoy and finding something that pays well. The key is to find something somewhere in the middle of those two that will lead to great things after school. Let’s take a look at some things you should consider when trying to pick a degree that will land you a good paying job when you get out of school.

1. Consider Your Goals: As said above, it’s very tough to find a job that meets both criteria being enjoyable and well paying in one fell swoop. You have to decide which one you’d like to lean more towards and follow that path. Most people try and find a happy medium and are forever dissatisfied with their choice as there is never really a good place to be in the middle of happiness and solid pay. The better paying option may be tougher on the front end, but the payoff on the backend is more than worthwhile.

2. Look at Your Degree Options: The degrees that are going to land you a good paying job are few and far between. People realized long ago which degrees would pay more than the rest and started flooding the market. Whenever a new area of research or technology comes out, college students flock to that degree market to try and weasel their way into the profits as well. At the moment, engineering degrees are taking the high marks. It has always been known that engineering and science based degrees were the ones that paid top dollar as research and development in scientific fields is always ongoing. But if you were thinking that your English degree or music degree was going to land you a Fortune 500 company job, think again.

3. Specialize: Now that you know that degrees in the sciences are the hot commodity right now, how do you figure out which one to choose? You’ll have to dig deep inside yourself to see which area of the sciences you feel most comfortable with. And on top of that, see what the market is demanding at the moment. Computer technology is constantly on the rise, so degrees within the field of computers never hurt. Also, there is currently a “green” movement sweeping the nation and environmental scientists are in huge demand too. You have to analyze the market and figure out what it is that people want. By looking at future prospects in the job market, you can start focusing your education in that direction. Don’t try and bandwagon with others, instead predict what you think will be the next big thing.

4. Internships: If you’re really unsure of how happy you’ll be in a particular market or are unsure of how well your job will pay, do some hands on research through internships. Internships are a great way to get a feel for what a job is about without actually having to obtain a degree and commit. There may be dream jobs out there, but they aren’t realistic for most of us. Test out the job waters with things you might be interested in and see what they pay incoming college graduates. If you find that you enjoy the job and the pay will be good, you’ve found the winning ticket.

Written by Nick, a frequent contributor to 20smoney

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