College or Career?

College or Career?

Once graduation from high school is on the horizon, it can be difficult to imagine spending another four years (or likely more) in school.  Research shows that only half of high-school graduates choose college after high school.

Deciding whether to join the workforce or the world of college coursework is a tough decision, but here are a few things to consider that may make the choice easier.

1.  Who says you can’t have it all? Although it’s a tough thing to do, it is possible to do both.  If you are unsure of your career path or what you’d like to major in, enter the workforce while you take a class or two that interests you.  This will help you get your feet in to both worlds.  Also, since the start of any college requires the completion of general education or liberal education requirements, you can knock out some credits while continuing to work.

2.  Pick your passion.  My dad once told me to never stay in a job I didn’t like.  If  you are passionate about something that will likely require a college degree (teaching, architecture, etc.), then dive in to the college of your choice.  On the other hand, if you don’t have a passion yet, don’t dive right in to college  coursework.  If feasible, spend time volunteering or traveling to see what may interest you.

3.  Take financial inventory. Can you afford to go to school?  How many hours do you need to work to make ends meet?  Outline your finances and figure out what you can afford to do.  If you have the money to take classes, do it!  No harm will come from learning something new.

4.  If someone is paying the bills – GO! I have a family member who was offered to have her tuition entirely paid for and still refused the offer – stating she was unsure whether she really wanted to go to school.  Guess what?  Very few people REALLY want to go to school forever.  (Disclaimer: I do.  If anyone wants to be my educational benefactor, please contact me).  However, if someone else is willing to pay, take classes.  Learn something.  It won’t cost you a dime.